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Copyright: Norbert Gorski (hekcik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D, JCPenney 2,8/135mm, RAW ISO 200
Exposure: f/4, 1/2500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-07-28 8:24
Viewed: 3207
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Polish]
birds, Valley Sluzewiecka, Canon 350D, lens JCPenney 2,8/135mm (bayonet FD - remade on EF)

The Common Gull, Larus canus is a medium-sized gull which breeds in the northwest of North America (where it is called Mew Gull), Europe and Asia. It migrates further south in winter.

The Common Gull comprises three populations, sometimes considered distinct species: Larus canus canus, the Common Gull, of western Eurasia; L. c. kamschatschensis, the "Kamchatka Gull", of eastern Eurasia; and L. c. brachyrhynchus, the "Short-billed Gull", which breeds in Alaska and western Canada. The European race occurs as a scarce winter visitor to coastal eastern Canada and as a vagrant to the northeastern USA.

This species breeds colonially near water or in marshes, making a lined nest on the ground or in a tree. At 43cm in length and with a 120cm wingspan, it is considerably smaller than the Herring Gull. It is only slightly smaller than the Ring-billed Gull, but its bill is shorter, more tapered, and a more greenish shade of yellow, as well as being unmarked during the breeding season.
Adult Common Gulls are grey above and white below. Their legs are greenish. They have black wing-tips with large white "mirrors", particularly in American birds. Young birds have scaly black-brown upperparts and a neat wing pattern. They take three years to reach maturity. The call is a high-pitched "laughing" cry.

These are omnivores like most Larus gulls, and they will scavenge as well as seeking suitable small prey.


5210'04.78" N
2101'43.88" E


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Hi Norbert,
Excellent action shot!
Very clear and detailed, great composition.

Hello Norbert!
Wonderful action capture.Position of wings,sharpness,POV and composition are excellent.Thanks for sharing.

wow this image really jumps out at you. Was the 1/2500 sufficient for the pictures clarity or did the image require post production.

The background for me doesn't enhance the image have you tried changing the image to b+w

see the suprising result in the workshop

  • Great 
  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-07-28 11:09]

Hello Nobert!
Great action capture.Sharpness and wonderful composition...
Thanks for posting...

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-07-28 14:00]

That is a very unusual flight POV, Norbert. Very refreshing picture. You managed sharp details and perfect exposure for this once of a lifetime shot. Well done and TFS. : )

  • Great 
  • zakiwi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 20 N: 274] (1309)
  • [2005-07-28 15:26]

Hey Norbert,

Another nice shot. Your fast shutter speed certainly froze the action just as this guy was going to pump his wings. Well done.

  • Great 
  • anurag (13)
  • [2005-07-29 15:41]

beautiful catch

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