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Bread for supper

Bread for supper
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-17 22:59
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Red-billed gull
Larus Novaehollandiae
Maori Name: Tarapunga

This is a native New Zealand Red-billed gull.
NOT an Australian one – but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Australian gulls fly over here some times. . .

Gulls can most often be seen at the beach, where they eat small marine creatures (sand-hoppers, crabs and shellfish), but they also spend time at the dump – because they are good at scavenging food scraps that people throw away.

They are small seagulls with grey back and white head and underparts. They are about 40cm long.

Grown up red-billed gulls have red beaks and red legs. Young red-billed gulls have a brown beak and legs. I think this one is an older teenager – it hasn’t quite got the full red bill.

Gulls live in flocks, so they have to get along with each other. They squabble all the time but they don’t really hurt each other, and they warn each other about danger.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-07-17 23:13]

Hello Janice!

I'm eating right now :-) White beauty with perfect BG and details. Good moment with bread in beak. I'm very sleepy after this night so sorry - no funny critique today!

Hi Janice

Nice portrait! You have managed to expose the white very well (its often prone to underexposure). Nice catchlight!


hello Janice,

Fabulous close-up!
The details of the gull's head, the texture of its plummage and the subtle interplay of light and shadows is excellent!
The expression speaks loudly of 'Can I manage this at one go!'

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hallo Janice
Absolutely marvellous! Great stuff! A impressive portrait with great details and clarity. Excellent technical skills applied. Wonderful camera work. I don't like it, I love it and it is going straight to where it belong - My favourite box. Thanks for sharing this beauty.
Warmest regards.

Hi Janice!

We all wish him a good appetite! This gull is really cute, and you present him in a crystal clear picture, rich with details. The colour and lighting management is superb, too. It would be interesting to know why you have chosen a very short shutter speed.

Kind regards


Hi Janice,
A lovely captured portrait of this beautiful gull. Superb details and a lovely composition. BTW what is in its beak? Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-07-18 3:34]

Hi Janice,
Magnificent portrait.POV,framing,details and expression on face are excellent.Have a great weekend!
Thanks for posting..

The daily bread - great capture with lovely sharp colours

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-18 5:35]

Hi Janice,

A well captured composition of this Red-billed gull a good dof and nice colors,good exposed and good sharpness,well done and TFS


Looks like you caught a gull with the muffin as I did a few weeks back. Neat shot. What are the chances? Naw...couldn't be the same one:-) Very nice and clean Janice!

Hello Janice,

Excellent close up.Fantastic definition with good details and composition.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-18 6:40]

Hello Janice,
These Gulls are so beautiful with the red ring around the eyes and the red beak and this is a great close-up. I love the look in its eye and the bread looks quite good too!;-) Very fine details and beautiful colours, also of the background.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-07-18 7:01]

Hola Janice.
Gulls are not popular bird here where I live in the middle of the desert region, but I meet them every time I have a chance to go to the see, I think they are very smart, and beautiful also. Great image of one of them. very very sharp and excellent detail with the piece bread en beak.
Saludos My friend.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-18 8:02]

A superb close-up of a NZ Red-billed Gull having his lunch!
The sharpness is excellent to show all the details of the eye and beak in great lighting taken from a fine side POV.
A very nice shot, Janice and thanks for sharing it!
Have a good weekend,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-07-18 11:07]

Hello Janice,
This is a fantastic sharp-detailed portrait in superb colours. Great contrasting white against the dark BG.
Have a wonderful weekend,

Nice closeup the whites and exposure was well handled Good sharp details. rgds Necip

On the road now with slow connection. Just marking up the best ones this time.

Excellent exposure and details Janice!
I wonder, was that "wonder" bread? ;-} (do you have that there?)
Well done & have a great weekend,

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2008-07-18 17:08]

The details in this are simply breathtaking, Janice!
Wonderful composition to boot

Hello Janice,

What a clarity in this photo. Magnificent. A perfect composition. Razorsharp with a great eyecontact. Ful of details. I think it comes trough the nice catchlight.
wunderful shot. Interesting notes

Have a nice weekend and TFS BOB

A beautiful and well-defined picture of this gull. The explanation that accompanies it is very useful for those who do not know about these birds. Thank you for sharing everything.
Best regards.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-07-22 9:36]

Hi Janice,

A wonderful close-up of this gull with his beak stuffed with bread. I love his eye!!! Wonderful shadings of his head and plummage. Superb details and background.


Well, Janice, just as I was enjoying Mario's shot, I've come across this one that is arguably as potent -- perhaps even more so -- in a different way. I really like the size of this image, the close-up presentation that lets us see the texture of the moutfhul, the details of the feathers, and that wide-eyed alertness of the bird itself. Great DOF control, too -- a very pleasing blurring of the background to keep the portrait center stage.


This is a nice sharp image Janice. I like the simple white and red colors of this gull. The softly textured gray background tones nicely with the subject.

Evelynn : )

Hello Janice. Excellent mugshot with super sharp detail. The eye is just so brilliant and framed well against the clear silenced background. Thanks for sharing and best regards. Jusni

wow. simply captivating...=)

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