Friday, 17 June 2011

Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)

Two shots of Black-headed Gulls which I like for different reasons. The first shot has an intimacy, as if we have strayed into the bird's domain and the chocolate brown of the bird's head is nicely echoed in the background. The second image, I think, is made by the quality of the light, the halo effect on the bird's wing tips, the reflection in the water and the apparent concentration in the gull's eyes.

Canon 1Ds MkII, Canon 100-400mm IS USM lens, 1/500 sec, f/8, 400mm at ISO 640
Canon 1Ds MkII, Canon 100-400mm IS USM lens, 1/1,000 sec, f/11, 400mm at ISO 400


  1. Magic images,love the second shot,great capture.

  2. I too prefer the second shot. Perhaps I like action shots better than static ones?

  3. Both stunning images Tim.
    The clarity you have achieved in the second one under those conditions is quite amazing.