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Lesser Black-backed Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull
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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K20D, Pentax fa*4,5 300mm if ed, Digital ISO 320, 67mm Hoya HMC
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-30 11:45
Viewed: 2843
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Genus: Larus
Species: L. fuscus
Binomial name: Larus fuscus

The Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) is a large gull which breeds on the Atlantic coasts of Europe. It is migratory, wintering from the British Isles south to West Africa. It is also a regular winter visitor to the east coast of North America, probably from the breeding population in Iceland.

This species breeds colonially on coasts and lakes, making a lined nest on the ground or cliff. Normally, three eggs are laid. In some cities the species nests within the urban environment, often in association with Herring Gulls.

They are similar in size to the Herring Gull or just slightly smaller. The taxonomy of the Herring Gull / Lesser Black-backed Gull complex is very complicated; different authorities recognise between two and eight species. This group has a ring distribution around the northern hemisphere. Differences between adjacent forms in this ring are fairly small, but by the time the circuit is completed, the end members, Herring Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull, are clearly different species.

The only confusable species in Europe is Great Black-backed Gull. Lesser is a smaller bird, with slimmer build, yellow rather than pinkish legs and smaller white "mirrors" at the wing tips. The adults have black or dark grey wings (depending on race) and back. The bill is yellow with a red spot which young peck at, inducing feeding (see fixed action pattern). The head is greyer in winter, unlike Great Black-backed.

Young birds have scaly black-brown upperparts and a neat wing pattern. They take four years to reach maturity. Identification from juvenile Herring Gulls is most readily done by the more solidly dark (unbarred) tertial feathers.

The call is a "laughing" cry like that of the Herring Gull (to which this species is closely related), but with a markedly deeper pitch.

They are omnivores like most Larus gulls, and they will eat fish, insects, crustaceans, worms, starfish, molluscs, seeds, berries, small mammals, eggs, small birds, chicks, scraps, offal and carrion.

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Herllo Thijs,
Nice capture in flight. Superb focus, natural colours andexcellent sharp
It is a lovely composition with a great background.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-04-30 12:51]

Hello Thijs
Excellent in flight capture taken with perfect focus and vivid colors

Controversial viewing angle and fantastic dept of field, Thijs.Beautiful white balance, impeccable sharpness and valuable notes! Thanks for sharing !
George Veltchev

Hallo Thijs
Only two words needed to describe this wonderful image, filled with lots of qualities to appreciate, bright colours and stunning details shown with excellent clarity and that is Perfect photography and that is no lie. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-05-01 1:37]

Hallo Thijs.

Erg mooie foto, prima scherp en een fijne compositie.
Complimenten dat je deze er zo opgekregen hebt.

Gr. Hans

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-05-01 15:13]

Hi Thijs,i have try a lot of times to take a pic like that but....eheeh...impossible for me.This is a truely masterwork,a very professional pic whit an impressive sharpness and beautifuls colors too.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,LUCIANO.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-03 13:54]

Hello Thijs,
what a wonderful flying lesser Black-backed Gull!I really have no words. Great exposure and amazing sharp and detail.Mycongratulations!
Best regards Siggi

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