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Slender-billed Gull

Slender-billed Gull
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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-09-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Goldys' Personal Favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-09-22 7:17
Viewed: 2897
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
New specie in my gallery, and not common to my country.

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The Slender-billed Gull, Chroicocephalus genei, is a mid-sized gull which breeds very locally around the Mediterranean and the north of the western Indian Ocean (e.g. Pakistan) on islands and coastal lagoons. Most of the population is somewhat migratory, wintering further south to north Africa and India, and a few birds have wandered to western Europe. A stray individual was reportedly seen on Antigua, April 24, 1976 (AOU, 2000).
This species is 37-40 cm long with a 90-102 cm wingspan. It is therefore slightly larger than the Black-headed Gull, which it resembles, although it does not have a black hood in summer. The head and dark red bill have an elongated tapering appearance, and this bird also appears long-necked. The legs are dark red, and the iris is yellow. In summer, the breast has a pink colouration. This bird takes two years to reach maturity, as usual in gulls. First year birds have a black terminal tail band, and dark areas in the wings. The scientific name of this bird commemorates the Italian naturalist Giuseppe Gené.
This rather uncommon gull breeds in colonies, nesting on the ground and laying up to three eggs. Like most gulls, it is gregarious in winter, both when feeding or in evening roosts. It is not a pelagic species, and is rarely seen at sea far from coasts.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-22 7:21]

Hello Razvan,
You are lucky to be able to capture the Sleder-billed Gull in Romania: it is very rare in my country and to capture a pair in this way is fantastic!
Excellent sharpness and colours against a fine water BG.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-09-22 7:21]

Hello Razvan,
A clear photo of this Slender-billed Gulls in beautiful colours. Very nice contrasts against the dark blue water in the BG. Great DOF. Good sharpness, POV and composition.

Hallo Razvan
The bright colours in this image is really special and very catching to the eye. A pleasant view of this two-some on a rock with the lovely ocean in the backdrop. The details in the scenery is beautiful, especially the green algae on the rock and the little bit of foam of the water one can see in the left hand bottom corner. The two 'models' are pretty and have lovely features that are well seen. Your photography here was tops. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Razvan,
very beautiful picture of birds, incredible details light and sharpness. A very good image. Regards, Paolo

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-09-22 8:53]

Buna Razvane,
Ce fericita ocazie sa fotografiezi aceasta specie deosebit de rara la noi in ultimii decenii!Vremea frumoasa si la noi, imi trage inima spre Dobrogea, dar acum nu de mult am fost prin Ungaria, si nu mai merge... Felicitari si lumini frumoase!

Ciao Razvan. Good lighting capture for the two white bird against the blue BG. Very good DOF and details.


Buna Razvan,
Frumoasa captura cu detalii excelente si o compozitie perfecta.
Ambele pasari privesc in aceeasi directie......greu de realizat si de
surprins asa o coincidenta.

Buna Razvan,
O imagine deosebita cu detalii foarte bune, culori placute si POV excelent. Felicitari pentru captura!
Numai bine,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-09-22 14:50]

Hi Razvan,
Lovely pair.Well caught,framed and composed.I liked DOF,pose of birds and visual impact a lot.
Thanks for sharing..

Simply stunning shot, Razvan!
I love the two birds sitting so symmetrically!
Amazing timing from you!

Ciao Razvan, lovely couple in nice pose, beautiful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Razvan,
A lovely capture of these beautiful Gulls. Good composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2010-09-23 2:29]

Beautiful shot..in my country are rare also.
They can be seen in this period, of the migration!
Beutiful colors, composition and BG.

Hello Razvan
excellent capture of this two Slender-billed Gull, the whole image is a beauty, sharpness, colors and lighting are just perfect, i like the well focused birds, the blue water and the composition
Have a good night

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