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Laughing Gull


Laughing Gull
: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
: Animals
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: 2007-04-11
: Birds
: Canon Powershot S3 IS
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: Florida
: 2007-05-27 10:56
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Laughing Gull
Larus atricilla

Mouette atricille (French)
Guanaguanare (Spanish)

A smallish gull with a black head, the Laughing Gull is abundant along the southern Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Infrequently found away from the ocean, it takes advantage of human habitat modifications, foraging in parking lots and dumps, and breeding on dredge spoil islands.

Description:
Medium-sized gull.
Back slatey gray.
Underparts white.
Wingtips black, without extensive white markings.
Entire head black in breeding season.
Size: 39-46 cm (15-18 in)
Wingspan: 92-120 cm (36-47 in)
Weight: 203-371 g (7.17-13.1 ounces)
Sexes look alike; males slightly larger

Sound
Very vocal. Common call a loud series of laughing notes.

Conservation Status
Nest colonies in northeastern United States were nearly eliminated by egg and plume hunters in the late 19th century. Populations have increased over the last century, following protection.

Cool Facts:
The male and female Laughing Gull usually build their nest together. If a male cannot find a mate, he may start building a nest platform and then use it to attract a female.
The adult Laughing Gull removes the eggshells from the nest after the eggs hatch. If the shells are not removed, a piece can become lodged on top of the slightly smaller unhatched third egg and prevent it from hatching.
The Laughing Gull is normally diurnal, being active during the day. During the breeding season it forages at night as well. It usually looks for food along the beach at night, but will also hover to catch insects around lights.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2007-05-27 11:18]

Hello Manyee,
Superb detailed portrait of the Laughing Gull, with fine lighting and color set in a pleasing composition.
You could get more detail than this!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hello Manyee,
parades.. excellent detail. Great colour. Very pure and sharp shot. tfs. Stev

Hello Manyee,
Nice portrait, very sharp with powerful colors TFS Regards/Lawhill

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-05-27 12:34]

Hi Manyee. a very good close up shot of the Gull. Great focus and detail .wirh true colours. good detail an the eye. A nice POV aand DOF.well done TFS. good notes to.
Nick..

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-05-27 13:24]

Hi Manyee,

A superb portrait of this gull,very well exposed and focussed,great camerawork

Paul

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-05-27 14:02]

Magnificent and beautiful portrait of this curious gull! It has such beautiful eyes, plumage and beak!
Excellent sharpness, DOF, colors, POV and composition.
Greetings
Maite

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-05-27 16:45]

Hi Manyee
Beutifull portrait.Very sharp image with nice colors,i really like the catchlight in the eye of that bird.Your BG is also very nice

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-28 1:33]

Hello Manyee

An impressive portrait of this gull.The POV and DOF are excellent.The plumage detail is super,and the eye contact is , well I think I see your reflection in there it is so good.The detail and texture in the beak is amazing.A wonderful shot.TFS

Rob

Hi Manyee,

This is a fantastic portrait shot. You made very good use of the flash, and the detail on the head is so good. Well done.

Jan-Hendrik

Great portrait Manyee
Good sharpness, plumage details and POV
Great eye contact
Well done
Chris

Very nice close up head portrait shot of this laughing gull, this is the closest that I ever seen one. Well done Manyee. :)

Hello Manyee , excellent macro portrait , details incredible , TFS and good luck.

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