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: Zeno Swijtink (Zeno) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1330] (10711)
: Animals
: 2006-07-31
: Birds
: Nikon D80, Nikon 200-500 mm.
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000
: the vanderschelden 10 : division I, !Craphawks, hawks, ..., Birds in Flight [view contributor(s)]
: 2006-08-29 12:29
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I saw these laughing gulls on turtlebeach in Tobago. The fishermen were just gone and left some fish on the beach. I stayed and watched how the hungry gulls ate the fish. There were hundreds of them!
The laughing gull is the only seagull that is common in Tobago. During the breeding season, from april to August, adults develop a dark grey head; this becomes white in the "off" season. The rest of the upperparts are grey, withblack wing tips, and the underparts are white. The Laughinhg gull feeds on fish and other marine organisms, which it takes from the surface of the sea or along the shore, but it is also a scavenger for other food found on the coast. The nest is merely a depression on the ground. The young gulls are largely brown. Many of these seabirds like to rest on fishing boats, waiting for any signs of feeding action from other birds. If a shoal is found, all the birds soon leave to exploit the feast...

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-08-29 12:40]

Hi Zeno.
Fantastic shot. And you that where were? Great POV. Excellent sharpness and details, colours and exposure, Bravo. My congratulations.

Hoi Zeno,
Dit lijkt wel een opname uit de film Birds. Je focus op de voorste vogel is perfect, met super scherpe details en parchige kleuren.

magnifique zeno
ce clich est tres lumineuxavec sont fond bleut et l'envol de mouette rieuse.c'est tres reussi,notament la mouette du premier plan qui est parfaitement nette.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2006-08-29 12:51]

Hello Zeno,
This is a great action shot! I like the POV, Light and clarity.
TFS this and the info.

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2006-08-29 12:54]

great action..
beatiful shot...
I love the composition...

well done Zeno...

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-08-29 13:26]

Hi Zeno,
Great details, colors, pov and scene!
TFS, Jos M.

Hi Zeno,

An unusual POV for a nice shot. Very original !
Well seen and well done.


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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2006-08-29 13:56]

Gaaf, mooie aktiefoto!
Vooral de dieptewerking in de foto is mooi in dit geval.

beautiful moment and great composition. thanks, Ori

Unusual pic. Excellent scene. Brilliant colors and composition. No nits.

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  • juanjo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 167 W: 8 N: 27] (1142)
  • [2006-08-29 14:45]

Hello Zeno

photo with action , nice colours ans very good composition



Superb shot.Perfect pic.

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  • cosmln Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 201 W: 12 N: 493] (1952)
  • [2006-08-29 15:11]

Hi Zeno,

very nice action shot.
but i'm not sure about the ID, i think this is Larus pipixan not L.ridibundus.
very sharp image, with a nice isolation form the rest of the flock.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-08-29 16:13]

Hi Zeno,

Wow even the Gulls look great in Tobago, the pose POV and compo are superb, the colours are really lovel

TFS Hilary :)

Bonsoir Zeno,
Trs jolie photo ! J'aime l'attitude de la mouette, les beaux dtails des plumes des ailes ainsi que les rectrices en ventail. La lumire est belle et les couleurs sont douces.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-08-29 17:28]

Hi Zeno, excellent shot. You have done extremely well to isolate one of the birds and capture it so well. Excellent focus and details and good exposure. I also love the way the other birds form the background, excellent work my friend and TFS.

Hi Zeno.
Great composition and superb shot.
What a great shot you have here.
Superb BG and POV.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-29 18:55]

Hello Zeno,
this composition is wonderful. Great DOF and lovely color combination. I also like the POV and the crop. Very well done.

Hi Zeno,
I really like this straight on POV with the main gull. A difficult shot that you have captured very well. I like the backround filled with other OOF gulls. This makes the overall composition much more dramatic. Very cool shot ;-]

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-08-30 2:01]

Great action shot my friend ! I like the "pose" of the first Gull, did she was hungry or angry ;-)
Well seen and well done.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-08-30 2:27]

What a wonderful and unusual POV and composition, Zeno.
So much action.
A great capture.
TFS. : )

Bellissima foto Zeno, complimenti!

Hi Zeno

Wow... fantastic head on in-flight shot! Congrats.

Dans quelle tat de sant s'est retrouv le photographe aprs l'attaque !
Bonne journe.

Hi Zeno,
This is a fantastic shot! This composition is amazing. Very good details, POV, DOF and colors. This is a great action catch! Well done!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-08-30 8:22]

Bonjour Zeno!

Excellente prise en vol,la prise de vue est originale et la nettet est bonne.



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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-08-30 21:55]

Very good action shot Zeno ! It looks real mad ! Very well done on the artistic and technical work. Thanks !


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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-08-31 21:59]

wow this is very awesome. An amazing POV and sharp. DOF is very awesome and the colors and exposure is good. I love this shot. Very well done.

Blimey, and you survived to tell the tale!
Superb dof and pov. Excellent sense of action and movement and I really like the colours.
Great stuff, thanks for sharing.

Very good action shot Zeno!

Thanks !

Bye, Emanuele

trs originale, bon BG

Hi Zeno,
Lovely action shot. Perfect timing and composition. The BG really adds to the image well, especially with your use of DOF.

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  • TBW Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 28 N: 200] (846)
  • [2006-10-02 17:03]

Great shot!
Fantastic exposure, sharpness, details and colours!
Looks kind of scary!
Well done!


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  • Viera Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 74] (494)
  • [2007-03-02 9:44]

Hi Zeno,
very good photo,the bird look like it is flying straight to you!Unusual and very interesting pose of this bird.
Perfect shot,

Φοβερά σχήματα και χρώματα ιδιαίτερα αυτα που δημιουργούνται στα φτερά του πουλιού!

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  • Auoui (7)
  • [2007-05-25 16:16]

Great photo!

Oh wow this is fantastic! Great focus on the incoming bird with excellent composition, standing out from the rest of the group. A beauty.

Hello Zeno,
This is a great action shot! I like the POV,
Light and clarity.TFS this and the info.

I love this so much. It is in your face!!! They are beautiful, and always busy trying to get left over food anywhere they live. Her they actually steal from people sleeping on the beach. They can even open bags!

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-03-28 15:58]

Hi Zeno,
great in-flight capture, pose is fantastic!
great work, beautiful sharpness

Hi Zeno
beautiful attack of a bird great pose in fliing and nice colours

Just beautiful!!!!!!

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  • CLODO (7)
  • [2008-10-08 22:12]

Good shot well composed and framed with out of focus gulls enhancing the principal subject
Well done

Hey Zeno.....

Amazing Capture here my friend!!! this pic is so into the moment!!! beautiful action,frame and color


As on who grew upon the beach this picture hit home. Very good and perhaps lucky to get the gull coming right at you.

Great composition and luck in placing this one sharply exposed bird in the midst of the frenzy.

  • phouts Silver Star Critiquer [C: 16 W: 0 N: 2] (36)
  • [2010-04-24 7:54]

Dear Zeno
Dramatic shot well composed. Congratulations.

Beautiful!Thanks for sharing.

mkemmel tesi

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