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Ichthyaetus melanocephalus

Ichthyaetus melanocephalus
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Copyright: bartha tibor (barthatibor) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 353 W: 0 N: 1050] (5595)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-24
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-01 3:57
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The Mediterranean Gull, Ichthyaetus melanocephalus, is a small gull which breeds almost entirely in Europe, mainly in the south east, especially around the Black Sea, and in central Turkey. There are colonies elsewhere in southern Europe, and this species has undergone a dramatic range expansion in recent decades. Birders often abbreviate its name to "Med Gull". As is the case with many gulls, it has traditionally been placed in the genus Larus.

It has colonised Britain, mainly in southern and eastern England with more than 90 pairs in 2000.

In winter, this bird migrates to Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts.

This gull breeds in colonies in large reedbeds or marshes, or on islands in lakes; where its population is small, it nests in Black-headed Gull colonies. Like most gulls, it is highly 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.

This species is 36-38 cm long with a 98-105 cm wingspan. It can be distinguished from the Black-headed Gulls with which it often associates by its slightly larger size, very pale grey plumage and thicker red bill. The summer adult has a black head; the bird's scientific name actually means "black-headed gull". The similar species Black-headed Gull actually has a chocolate-brown hood. Adults have no black in their wings. The hood is lost in winter, leaving just a streaked grey mask. Legs are red.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-01 4:41]

Hello Tibi.
Happy New Year!
A lovely minimal composition,with lovely bright illumination and colours.
The detail is very good.Excellent contrast between the blue sky and white plumage.
Very good POV.Best regards Siggi

Hi Tibi,
what a nice photo of this bird. Excellent shaprness and details.
Happy New Year!

Hello Bartha,
fine capture of this gull with good sharpness and great clarity. I especially like the beautiful light and the wonderful colours.
I wish you a Happy New Year 2012,

hello Tibi
very nice picture with good details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2012-01-01 12:00]

faina! felicitari! si La multi ani! pentru 2012. Multa sanatate si numai impliniri!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-01 12:37]

Hi Tibi,magnificent capture of this gull in flight,very good sharpness,light balance and colors,great contrast whit the blue sky.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano.

Ciao Tibi, great capture of beautiful bird in fantastic fly, perfect focus, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-01 13:36]

Hello Tibi,
Beautiful photo in nice contrasting colours. Good sharpness and a fine composition.
Happy New Year,

Salut Tibor,
Un an nou fericit si cu multe bucurii!!!
Faina captura si incredibil de clara. Detaliile si culorile sunt frumoase.

Buna Tibor,
Frumoasa captura in zbor cu o specie mai rar intalnita in Transilvania. Imi plac detaliile, claritatea, compozitia si culorile vii. La multi ani!
Numai bine,

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