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Andean Gull - 1st TN Posting ?

Andean Gull - 1st TN Posting ?
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 70-200 f 2.8 L USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): The Wildlife, Plants and Scenery of Chile [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-07 13:12
Viewed: 5964
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This shot was taken from the window of our 4x4 as we were having lunch at around 4,400meters in Lauca National Park. We had seen a number of these gulls, but none close enough to photograph. Inevitably one showed up as we started our lunch.

This is not an uncommon gull but there is very little information about it that I have been able to locate. There does not appear to be another posting on TN.

I have located information on this gull under two Latin names!

The Andean Gull (Chroicocephalus serranus) is a species of gull in the Laridae family. As is the case with many gulls, it has traditionally been placed in the genus Larus. It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Its natural habitats are rivers, freshwater lakes, saline marshes, and pastureland.

Andean Gull Larus serranus
Chilean name: Gaviota andina

The Andean Gull breeds on Andean lakes from northern Ecuador to northern Chile, western Bolivia and northern Argentina. They are usually at a height of 4,000 to 5,300 metres.

Outside the breeding season some birds descend to the Pacific coast.

It is a large hooded gull with a black hood and white eye crescents in breeding plumage. In non-breeding plumage the head is white with a blackish ear spot.

In flight it shows a distinctive white patch on the primaries though this is hidden when the bird is at rest.

Size: 19inches/48cm

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Hello again James, another lovely shot of a bird.
Nice pose and composition.
TFS and regards, Bahadır

Hi James,
another new species on TN. congratulations. it is similar to Larus ridibundus here, but it has same difference, of course. you greatly captured it with a great focus, POV/DOF and composition. white balance very nice, shadow also nice for composition. thanks for sharing it with informative notes. best wishes

First or not, still a beautifully executed tele-close-up of an Andean Gull against the artificial road surface in the fore and background James, TFS this rare image my friend.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-10-08 7:37]

Hello James,
A fine portrayal of an Andean Gull, a species that I don't has featured on TN before. Technical quality and lighting are up to your usual high standard and it contrasts well against the grey neutral Bg.
Congratulations and thanks1

hello James
very good output in white colours with this light,good details,very fine shot with this beautiful gull,congratulating for the first presentation!
TFS thanks for sharing

Hello James,

another fine picture from you with good pov and dof.
I have been posted this bird also a few times here on TN.
Good of detail with fine colours.


Hello James
very beautiful shot of this Andean Gull that you have taken very sharply, i like his pose and the sunlight on his feathers
Nice POV and BG
Thanks for sharing

Hello James,
Another verey interesting species, escellent capture of this gull.
TFS. Ferran

hello James

a beautiful photo of this Gull shot with fine POV, DOF
and framing, fine focus excellent sharpness and details,



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