Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Black-headed Gull

Black-headed Gull, Chroicocepahalus ridibundus

The Black-headed Gull (Eric) is a small gull which breeds in much of Europe and Asia, and also in coastal eastern Canada. Most of the population is migratory, wintering further south, but some birds in the milder westernmost areas of Europe are resident.
The summer adult has a chocolate-brown head (not black, despite the name), pale grey body, black tips to the primary wing feathers, and red bill and legs. The hood is lost in winter, leaving just dark vertical streaks. This is a noisy species, especially at colonies, with a familiar "kree-ar" call. Its scientific name means "Laughing Gull".

P.S. : Now I know that this is the noisy gull that always wake me up in the morning by its annoying “kree-ar” sound

Clicked : December 22, 2009
Location : Dublin, Ireland
Aperture : f/3.5
Shutter: 1/125 sec
Focal Length : 250 mm


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