|Copyright: tom trinko (trinko)
|Date Taken: 2005-02-06|
|Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma 50-500 F/4-6.3|
|Exposure: f/11, 1/1000 seconds|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2006-11-14 9:41|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|I was surprised that a seagull would eat a starfish this large. Not sure how it could swallow it but i guess when you lack teeth and table manners all things are possible.|
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- [2006-11-14 11:04]
Beautiful capture with great action!
Composition, POV, DOF all pretty much perfect in my book.
Nice flight shot,
Great moment to shoot,
Yes, Gulls of many species (there are truly no such thing as "seagulls" hehehe) will eat starfish. . .looks like this one is eating a Pisaster ochreus, AKA Ochre Sea Star. :)
Since this particular one is a juvenile gull, it's probably in its second year. Many gulls are three-to-five year gulls, meaning that it takes between three and five years for them to reach sexual maturity.
This one *could* be a Herring, but without seeing the beak and eye clearly, it's difficult to tell for sure.
The National Geographic's Field Guide to North American Birds is a good handy reference guide.
At any rate, this shot is clear and I love how the bird is standing on the California Mussel beds! Amazing shot, Tom!
Even the gull's head is not sharp(pity), I like it.
Especially the blurred water, the star in the beak and the wings. In that order...
- [2007-03-26 11:03]
HaaHaa nice capture. Crazy what these birds will try to eat. I like the action and composition here. You Just got the seagulls eye. Nice colors as well. TFS.