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Now get a grip of yourself!

Now get a grip of yourself!
Información de la foto
Copyright: Bengt Falke (falke) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
Género: Animals
Medio: Color
Tomada el: 2007-04-15
Categorías: Birds
Cámara: Canon 400D, Canon 300/4 L IS USM + EF 1.4 ext. II
Exposición: f/5.6
More Photo Info: [view]
Versión de la foto: Versión original
Fecha enviada: 2007-08-03 10:16
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Puntos: 20
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At the moment I am going through the incredible amount of photos from the last months of travelling, trying to prepare some kind of presentation. Then I suddenly found this photo, that I have missed during the first selection.....

This is a couple of Slender-billed Gulls (Larus genei/ långnäbbad mås). We saw them both (male and female) for a long while as they were fishing and courting just 5 meters from our resting point. The male was fishing really close to use while the female stayed at a further distance calling at him all the time:

- Don´t take any risks you fool. Get a grip of yourself and think a little about me and our eggs!

She was so upset that she could not find the time to eat herself. There is not much difference from us, don´t you think?

Geographic info:
This is from the Camargue area in southern France, every European birdwatchers paradise. We took a bicycle tour along the small strip that separates the huge pond "etange du Vaccares" and the Mediterranean sea.

Technical information:
Canon 300/f4 lens on a Canon 400D body, in rawformat and used Adobe Lightroom for some adjustments before the edit in Photoshop CS3.

Just white balance and a bit hue
Noise reduction with Noiseware professional
Sharpening with Photokit capture sharpener

About the specie:
You can tell the difrence between male and femal rather well from this photo. Look at the breast and the bill!

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Slender-billed Gull, Larus genei, is a small gull which breeds very locally around the Mediterranean and the northern western Indian Ocean (e.g. Pakistan) on islands and coastal lagoons.

Most of the population is somewhat migratory, wintering further south to north Africa and India, and a few birds have wandered to western Europe are resident.

This scarce gull breeds in colonies, nesting on the ground and laying up to three eggs. Like most gulls, it is 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 slightly larger than the Black-headed Gull, which it resembles. It does not have a black hood. The head and dark red bill have an elongated tapering appearance, and this bird also appears long-necked. The legs are dark red, and the iris is yellow. In summer, the breast has a pink coloration.

This bird takes two years to reach maturity. First year birds have a black terminal tail band, and dark areas in the wings.

The scientific name of this bird commemorates the Italian naturalist Giuseppe Gené.

The Slender-billed Gull is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

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Wow Bengt
this is simply great, such a great compo and lovely rosy white colours!

Nice shot!
Really sharp and detailed, good light too.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-08-03 10:39]

Hello Bengt,
Very nice close up, very beautiful, specially the water texture
and reflection, wonderful POV and composition, lovely colors
Very sharp and well focused.. Well Done


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-03 12:42]

Hi Bengt,

A superb shot of these gulls. The clarity is amazing. Beautiful colors and wonderful poses. The water is marvelous and so are the reflections. Beautiful!!


fantastci, sharp pic, very few pics of this gul on the web, TFS Ori

Beautiful shot of this couple Bengt.
Composition, lighting, clarity and sharpness are perfect, but I did'nt expect anything else from you :)
Just love the softness of the water and the reflections of the gulls.
Details in the feathers are wonderful and so are the differences between the two gulls.
The male with it's red bil and red eye and the female with the black bill and yellow eye.
Excellent how this images does show those differences.
Thanks for sharing and the great note.
Have a great weekend,

Funny title. I really like appropriate titles. Sometimes they take me longer that the rest of steps in posting. This is a super sharp image of these clean birds. Ws this hand held. Canon's IS is pretty good!

Evelynn ; )

hi bengt,

what a smooth image!!!i like it very much!and very nice white tones!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2007-08-16 4:37]

Hello Bengt,
This is superb!
This pair of Slender-billed Gulls are shown with utmost sharpness, excellent colours, beautiful lighting and fine composition with the water reflection.
This is one of the best gull shots on TN and its great that it portrays a rare species.
I take my hat off to you sir!
Thanks for sharing this,
Bästa hälsningar,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2007-08-17 2:28]

Hej Bengt,
I don't know how we missed this very fine capture of these Slender-billed Gulls. Excellent shot in beautiful light. Sharp details and lovely colours. It gives a very peaceful impression!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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