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The Acrobat
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Copyright: Mircea Costina (mirceax) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 229 W: 49 N: 1356] (6261)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/3000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): jmp *3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-08 13:17
Viewed: 4922
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) is a medium-sized gull.
Adults are 49cm length and with a 124cm wingspan. They have a white head, neck and underparts and a relatively short, yellow bill with a dark ring. The back and wings are silver grey and they have yellow legs. Their eyes are yellow. This bird takes three years to reach its breeding plumage; its appearance changes with each fall molt.
Their breeding habitat is near lakes, rivers or the coast in Canada and the northern United States. They nest colonially on the ground, often on islands. This bird tends to be faithful to its nesting site, if not its mate, from year to year.
They are migratory and most move south to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North America, also the Great Lakes.
This gull is a regular wanderer to western Europe, and in Ireland and Great Britain it is no longer classed as a rarity, with several birds regularly wintering in these countries.
These birds forage in flight or pick up objects while swimming, walking or wading. They also steal food from other birds and frequently scavenge. They are omnivorous; their diet may include insects, fish, grain, eggs, earthworms and rodents. These birds are opportunistic and have adapted well to taking food discarded or even left unattended by people.
In the late 19th century, this bird was hunted for its plumage. Its population has since rebounded and it is probably the most common gull in North America. In some areas, it is displacing less aggressive birds such as the Common Tern.

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Hi Mircea,
Very nice capture. Good composition and POV.
Great details.

Amazing shot, stunningly clear and sharp, amazingly good background. This is an excellent composition, first class work and a fine upload.regards h

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-04-08 13:41]

hi Mircea,
voici une image originale, le timing de prise de vue est très bon, ce qui permet de donner une allure particulière et une vraie sensation de mouvement.


Hi Mircea
Really nice action shot with good details and composition.

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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2008-04-08 13:50]

Hi Mircea,
Excellent action shot ----.You captured it at just the right moment. Well done.
Regards, Krzysztof.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-04-08 14:09]

Hola Mircea,
preciosa captura y hermoso pov y color...
sensacional foco.
saludos amigo.

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-04-08 14:41]

Hola Mircea, estupenda composición, buena nitidez y color. la luz es un lujo. Un saludo

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-04-08 14:49]

Hi Mircea
exellent action and composistion
very good sharp and detail
very well done.

Spettacolare momento di cattura, bellissima composizione, splendida plasticità nei movimenti, eccellenti i dettagli, molto belli i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Bonjour Mircea,

Quel oiseau banal et quelle prise hors du commun! Ça, c'est de l'art! Félicitations!



This awsome in flight shot you are showing us here Mircea does go right in to my favorites.
Outstanding work with supercclarity, sharpnes and exposure.
Fantastic pose of the Gull and most wonderful feather details and color contrast.
Perfect, perfect!!!

Best regards, Harry

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-08 15:25]

Hola Mircea.
Just bautiful photo. well focus, excellent framed and what a beautiful colors in white and blue sky.

Hello Mircea,
WOW! great capture, fantastic pose and nice timing, excellent composition and point of view, superb sharpness, good depth of field and lovely colors and light.well one!

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  • rcrick Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 692 W: 40 N: 5] (68)
  • [2008-04-08 15:45]
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Hello Mircea,

Stunning capture with excellent detail, perfect background, a delight to look at, t.f.s Cheers Rick :)

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  • gondox Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 356 W: 65 N: 342] (1585)
  • [2008-04-08 15:48]

Hi Mircea!

Wonderful pose you captured! And did with perfect sharpness, even all the way on the wings!!
Lights should have been wonderful to make this perfect expo at 1/3000...
Amazing shot, TFS!

Best regards,

salut Mircea

quelle superbe image à l'envol que tu as fait,
ces oiseaux-là sont mal-aimé, mais très aimés dans les photographies,
excellent POV et cadrage vertical, j'aimes que les nuages soient
au bas de l'image, sa donne un bon profondeur de champs,
belle luminosité de l'image, superbe netteté et détails, TFS


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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-04-08 18:23]

Bonjour Mircea,

Wow! quelle photo impressionnante! Une pose unique que tu as capturée ici!
Les blancs sont gérés de façon exceptionnelle!
Un parfait focus avec une excellente lumière!!
Que dire de plus Bravo!!!!!!!!



That is a superb in-flight shot ! Very well executed with great colors, lighting and awesome detail. The pose and look on the birds face is very well captured. Great work! TFS

Best Regards,


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-04-08 19:52]

Hi Mircea,
A fantastic POV of this gull in an unusual in-flight pose.
Very interesting perspective indeed.
Well exposed image and sharp details,
with a clear view of the clear eye.
TFS. : )

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2008-04-08 21:14]

Hi Mircea, this is a very unique aerial pose for this Gull. Excellent stopped action with those wings swept forward with excellent light on the bird. Details on the bird itself are tack sharp with excellent colour throughout.

Thanks, John

  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2008-04-09 0:09]

Hi Mircea,
you are an excellent photographer, but this shot beats it all: an incredible dynamic moment. It seems to be breaking its flight. The way it is looking at you! Just great.
Best regards

Splendid! The POV on this is magnificent and the posture of the animal is great! A very dinamic picture I must say and a difficult capture.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-04-09 6:29]

Hello Mircea,
great composition and a beautiful inflight shot. The lighting is wonderful, brought out great details and excellent colors.
Very nice POV to catch this excellent action.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-09 9:14]

Hello Mircea,
Wow, what an amazing beautiful photo in a perfect composition. The colours are so clear and the sharpness excellent. Wonderful timing!
Great BG. High quality!

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2008-04-09 11:02]

Hi Mircea,
Very nice capture, good composition

Hello Mircea great shot very nice work, excellent sharpness and detail good shutter and DOF. tfs rgds Necip

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2008-04-09 16:13]

Hello Mircea,
Magnifique bravo pour le timing ...

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-10 4:52]

What a superb pose you have captured!!!
The dynamic composition is very good.
Very sharp and crisp.
Superb exposure.
Very original capture of this Ring-Billed Gull!
Congrats Mircea!


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-04-12 14:52]

Hi Mircea,
Awesome capture, with outstanding exposure, sharpness, pose and composition. Congratulations!
TFS, José M.

Salut Mircea,
Tout simplement merveilleux! La pose et le cadrage, rien a dire. Peu-être sous-exposé sur mon moniteur.

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