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Bath Time
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Tamron 28-300XR, Hoya UV 62mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-18 4:04
Viewed: 3558
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Red Billed Gull (Larus novaehollandiae scopulinus Tarapunga)

The pearly grey and white gull has boldly patterned black and white wing tips. The short bill is deep bright red, the legs and feet are red and the eye is white. The call is a high pitched, raucous ‘scrark’.

The diet is varied and includes small fish, molluscs, insects, earthworms, eggs, offal, refuse, carrion and marine invertebrates.

Red-billed Gulls breed between October and December in large densely packed colonies on sand spits, boulder banks, shellbanks, gravel beaches, rocky headlands and rocky islets. The nest, built mostly by the male with only a small input from the female is composed of dry grass, seaweed, twigs and feathers. It is a small mound with a depression in the centre. The two or more brownish coloured heavily blotched eggs are incubated by both parents for 24 – 27 days. The chicks fledge at 37 days but remain dependent on their parents for a further 3 weeks.

Red-billed Gulls breed on Tiri.

Vital Statistics

Conservation Status: Protected Native
Mainland Status: Widespread and locally common
Size: 37cm, 300g (male); 250g (female)
Life Span: 6 yrs (male), 9 yrs (female) (oldest recorded - 28yrs)
Breeding: October - December
Diet: Varied: small fish, crustaceans, molluscs

The above obtained from http://www.123.co.nz/tiri/Fauna/GullRedBilled.htm


Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day: 3:20 p.m.
Date: 4th January 2005
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Tamron 28-300mm XR
Filter: Hoya 62mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/500
F-Stop: F/8
Focal Length: 209mm
ISO: 400

dew77, chiliu, Janice, sway, carper, sAner, elihesam, red45, Comandante, johnnymag, wallhalla15, christophe, Luc, marhowie, dsidwell, thor68, DLM has marked this note useful
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-18 4:07]

Hello Pam!
Wonderful shot.Moment you caught,clear details,sharpness,POV,DOF and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Hi Pam,
Great caught of the moment, the colour and details are excellent.

Hey Pam, What a wonderful picture. Bathing with the stars.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-07-18 4:33]

Hi Pam, good action shot. All the details, bird and water splashes, just perfect. TFS.

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-07-18 4:58]

Nice wet moment you have caught here.
Good shutter speed to capture the water droplets.
Great work

very nice one Pam,
I like the freesing drops, the good details, the great pov and the good composition, very nice job,
gr. Jaap

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-18 6:31]

Hi Pam,

Excellent picture. The waterdroplets flying around are a real bonus. Well exposed, perfect composition and good POV & DOF. Sharp details and a nice note complete this post. Well done & TFS!


Very nice moment,lovely capture,dynamic,my monitor become wet:))..wowww!
Great freezing you did,very well worked with excellent sharpness and quality,lovely for look at.
I like the way that the droplets are freezed in front of the dark background that this add to the dynamism,too,well composed and Thanks for sharing,Pam!
Best Wishes

Hi Pam,
funy picture, perfect timing. I like it very much. Thanks

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-18 9:27]

Perfectly frozen in time Pam. I like this flood of waterdroplets, dark BG made great contrast with white bird and red beak. Very good picture.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-07-18 10:24]

Good capture, Pam. Very good sharpness. I like the colours, too. Good note. Well done.
Rgs, Aleksander

Superbe photo Pam, j'aime beaucoup.
Très amusant.

Hello Pam!
Very nice capture.Expression on face is wonderful.May be water was too cold;).Sharpness,lighting,POV and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

Hi Pam,
Excellent capture. Very good sharpe image with perfect exposure. Well done, and thanks for sharing.

Hi Pam, beautiful natural shot - very clear and colorful. Fantastic composition and great details. Superb colors. Well done & TFS!

Hi Pam
Sharpness: 5/5 excellent color
Color: 5/5
DOF: 5/5
POV: 4/5
Great action shot
In a friendly way Christophe

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-07-18 16:20]

Fantastic capture of this unusual gull (unusual to me, anyway). Very dynamic with all the water splashing. Great action shot with sharp details and good exposure. Very interesting photo. TFS. : )

Hello Pam,
Wonderful capture, very dynamic! Great details! Colors and sharpness are excellent. TFS

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-07-18 23:14]

Hello Pam!
Personal assessment of the photo: great. Refreshing pose. It is very warm here.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.

Very good picture, Pam.
I like the action here, perfect timing.
Well composed and good details.
Very well done.

Very nice action captured Pam! Very good sharpness, details and exposure..The water display has been captured perfectly..Excellent note - Well done!

This is such a fun image, Pam! You captured a very nice moment here, and the details are well defined in both bird and water droplets!

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2005-07-19 18:18]

Nice Seagull photo Pam.
Good sharpness and focus on gull's head.TFS

Splish, splash, i´m having a bath! *g*
wonderful shot, pam! :-)
the details, like the waterdrops flying around,
are absolutely great.
superb job, thor.

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  • DLM Silver Star Critiquer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 2] (124)
  • [2005-11-08 18:40]

Hi Pam,Well done on this delightful image your timing was spot on,great exposure.
Well done,

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