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Black-headed Gull

Black-headed Gull
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-28 2:08
Viewed: 1717
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) is a small gull which breeds in much of Europe and Asia, and also in coastal eastern Canada. Most of the population is migratory, wintering further south, but some birds in the milder westernmost areas of Europe are resident. Some birds will also spend the winter in northeastern North America, where it was formerly known as the Common Black-headed Gull. As is the case with many gulls, it had previously been placed in the genus Larus.
This gull is 38–44 cm (15-17½ in) long with a 94–105 cm (37–41 in) wingspan. In flight, the white leading edge to the wing is a good field mark. The summer adult has a chocolate-brown head (not black, despite the name), pale grey body, black tips to the primary wing feathers, and red bill and legs. The hood is lost in winter, leaving just dark vertical streaks. This is a noisy species, especially in colonies, with a familiar "kree-ar" call. Its scientific name means "laughing gull".
It breeds in colonies in large reedbeds or marshes, or on islands in lakes, nesting on the ground. 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.
The Black-headed Gull is a bold and opportunist feeder and will eat insects, fish, seeds, worms, scraps and carrion in towns, or take invertebrates in ploughed fields with equal relish.
This species takes two years to reach maturity. First-year birds have a black terminal tail band, more dark areas in the wings, and, in summer, a less fully developed dark hood. Like most gulls, Black-headed Gulls are long-lived birds, with a maximum age of 63 years recorded in the wild.(Wikipedia)

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2012-01-28 2:09]

Hi Siggi

Lovely lighting and colours combined with excellent detail.

Best wishes


Witaj Siggi,
Doskonaly ptasi kadr.Cudowna mina mewy. Masz niezle archiwum!

Ciao Siegfried. An intrigant masterpiece for warm reflections and colours. best compliments.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-01-28 5:06]

Very interesting ripples on the water, the bird looks like astonished. fine capture. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-28 5:38]

Hello Siggi,
Very nice photo of this Black-headed Gull in very beautiful colours. Good sharpness.

Hi Siggi,
Sharp focus and very good light control. Lovely pov and well composed picture.

Hello Siggi.
Great shot showered by golden light. Impressive open beaks and very nice work with the lens.
Thanks and kind regards,

Ciao Siggi, great capture of lovely gull, fascinating reflections, excellent sharpness, fine details, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Siggi
Very dinamic and very elegant image!Excellent compozition and good sharpness.The lighting and the colours are fantastic.
Have a nice weekend!

R U sure this isn't a laughing gull ;-)
Like the warm tones, good light and details Siggi :)

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-01-28 8:25]

Hi Siegfried,
Gorgeous light and colours with very good moment captured.
Good composition and sharpness details. Nice reflection the bird in the water.
Regards Jiri.

hello Siegfried
super sharpness composition with beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Czesc Siggi,
czy on spiewa, je czy cos innego robi :) ??
Super ujecie. Bardzo dobry portret. Ciekawe oswietlenie.
Udanego weekendu,

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-01-28 10:40]

Hi Siggi!
Fascinating image. I love the warm light! Superb sharpness and spectacular reflections on the water.
Very well done: congratulaTIONS.
Ciao! Vanda

wonderful picture Siggi, lovely tones, golden light, congratulations ! very nice perspective and composition,

have a nice evening,

ciao, tino

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-28 15:36]

Hi Siggi,beautiful capture in a very nice moment,whit this light,perfect to warm colors.Fantastic design of the water too and beautiful reflections.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hi Siggi, Superb capture of this Black-headed Gull my good friend, excellent rich colour tones, nice and sharp, great timing to capture this wide open beak, 63 years life span hey hmmm just as well we don't have them as pets because they could out live some of us folks... eheheh, great stuff and very well done,
Best Regards,


Hello Siegfried
Wonderful morning light, beautiful and excellent sharp details for a beautiful photo of this gull.

Hello Siggi,
Beautiful photo with very good composition, interesting lighting and good sharpness.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-01-30 3:55]

Hello Siegfried,
lovely shines and exciting colors, so silvery and the action of the bird is so joyous. Nice rings of waves created by the water, resulting in a special composition.
Nice and pleasant and attractive.


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