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Copyright: Scott McDougall (Taggart) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 64] (196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 300D, Sigma 70-200 / 2.8 EX
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-05-12 4:02
Viewed: 3851
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Red-billed Gull Larus scopulinus is a native of New Zealand, being found throughout the country and on outlying islands including the Chatham Islands and Sub-antarctic islands.

The Red-billed Gull is a fairly small gull with an all-red bill, red legs and feet, pale grey wings, and black wingtips. There is virtually no sexual dimorphism. It is the smallest gull commonly seen in New Zealand; a recent estimate of the population puts it at half a million birds in the country. Until recently it was regarded as a subspecies of the Silver Gull L. novaehollandiae found in Australia, and the two species are very similar in appearance. However the most recent research suggests that they are not particularly closely related

Behaviorally, the Red-Billed gull is a typical gull. It is an aggressive scavenger and kleptoparasite. Large numbers now live in towns and cities (most New Zealand cities are coastal or nearly so), feeding out of rubbish bins. Nesting is in large colonies; the birds form pair bonds which endure across seasons, but there is a certain amount of extra-pair copulation. Courtship feeding is an important part of the preparation for mating.


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A detailed photo of the subject in flight is well composed and shows good detail and the BG is far removed as one would expect. i also like the Composition and POV here. TFS<

Hi Scott, good execution of a difficult shot. I've been trying myself without nearly as much success as this. It's a little overexposed in places but it's sharp and detailed with a lovely BG. Great note too. Nicely done :)

Great shot. To being with, it's a nice subject. You've done a great job of capturing him in flight, every clear and I like the ocean in the background. Personally I would crop it a bit tighter so the bird is more centered and rotate it a bit so the horizon is horizontal. Then you'd have a perfect shot.

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