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Bonaparte's Gull 2

Bonaparte's Gull 2
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Copyright: Mario Olteanu (Mariol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM+1.4X Canon
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/4000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-30 16:21
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Done at Presqui'lle Provincial Park

The Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) is a small gull.

Adults are 3134 cm long with a 7984 cm wingspan. They have a black hood and a short thin dark bill. The body is mainly white with pale grey back and upper wings. The underwing is pale and the wing tips are dark. They have orange legs. In winter, the head is white.

In their first summer, the appearance of Bonaparte's Gull is similar to that in its first winter, but paler due to wear. Fewer than 5% of Bonaparte's Gulls acquire a dark hood in their first summer, and on those that do, the hood is duller than on breeding adults.

Their breeding habitat is near bogs or lakes in coniferous forest across western Canada and Alaska. They nest in conifers, sometimes on the ground.

They are migratory and most move east or west to coastal waters, also the Great Lakes. They are rare vagrants to western Europe, where they usually associate with the somewhat larger Black-headed Gulls.

These birds forage in flight or pick up objects while swimming or wading. They mainly eat insects, crustaceans and fish. Unlike some other gulls, this bird rarely scavenges.

They are graceful in flight, more like terns. They were named after Prince Charles Lucien Bonaparte, a zoologist and nephew of Napoleon.

Formerly known as Larus philadelphia, the Bonaparte's Gull was moved to the genus Chroicocephalus by the American Ornithologists' Union in July, 2008.
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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BRILLIANT capture...right down to those lil pink FEET!

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-10-01 1:58]

Hi Mario,
Perfect capture of flying bird.Good sharpness and nice colours.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Mario,Impressive capture with very nice details and exceptional sharpness.I love the excellent clarity and perfect focus.
Brilliant colors and good light.
Thanks for sharing! Paolo

Hi Mario,
Excellent capture in flight. Great detail/clarity, colour and DOF. Welldone!!

I very much like how not only the all-important eye is in sharp focus, BUT ALSO the proximal wing! I guess that explains the 7.1 f-stop, as I'm certain the lens can be stopped down further with just the 1.4x on it, but the DOF at f-4 might not do the trick. The greater depth of field used here is not a problem, but a bonus in my view. The background is pleasing, still out of focus and therefore does not detract from the subject; rather, that highlights it better! The image is very well composed too. In sum, an excellent image!

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