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Doug (Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom) on 22 April 2013 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Not my favourite bird, but that's only because the seaside visitors feed them and turn them into such awful scavengers

Canon EOS 500D 1/500 second F/8.0 ISO 200 300 mm


Making an effort to return to AM3 after a bit of an absence, it's really nice to see photo's from all contributors and I will try to comment when I can. If I offer criticism I do so only to help and I do not wish to cause offence. My photography tends to be from my travels, as well as my passion which is wildlife and landscape. I hope you enjoy what you see.
Thanks for your comments I'm really grateful for them and welcome constructive feedback.

Devi from Chennai, India

looks pretty intimidating!! But a lovely clean shot!!! Absolutely:-)

22 Apr 2013 5:29am

Alan44 from Saint Nazaire, Loire Atlantique, France

Regard d'acier et bec puissant.

22 Apr 2013 6:02am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Like them or not, such a sculptural form seen like this.

22 Apr 2013 6:11am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Great capture, I always think they have a cruel eye

22 Apr 2013 6:19am

Anita from Redon, France

Un oeil vif et magnétique et un cadrage serré tip top

22 Apr 2013 6:22am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Photo of a gull? I suppose I did post a squirrel pic once !

22 Apr 2013 6:36am

Florence from Paris, France

Nice portrait, the density of his eyes.

22 Apr 2013 6:55am

Fraeulein Julie from überall, Germany

wow, so close. amazing how perfect they are.

22 Apr 2013 7:14am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Absolutely perfect!

22 Apr 2013 7:27am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

They're OK, until they decide to nest on your roof!

22 Apr 2013 8:27am

BiLL from Belfast, United Kingdom

Great shot of the gull. Good, sharp image.

22 Apr 2013 8:41am

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Très beau ce portrait!!!!

22 Apr 2013 9:02am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

I couldn't agree more and always think it is actually cruel to feed them cooked food:( Anyway nice sharp shot

22 Apr 2013 9:56am

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Nice eye detail well-framed head shot, Doug.

22 Apr 2013 9:58am

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Wunderbares Portrait und gute Schärfe.

22 Apr 2013 10:06am

Emma G from Auckland, New Zealand

fantastic close up shot.

22 Apr 2013 10:14am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Excellent portrait - you got some wonderful details here, and the focus is spot on. Well done!

22 Apr 2013 10:46am

Kate from EXETER, United Kingdom

I share your view Doug, but they are still a wonder under a sharp focus.

22 Apr 2013 11:16am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

A prouder looking bird in your portrait!

22 Apr 2013 11:27am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Gorgeous detail in this portrait shot! Well done Doug! ;-)

22 Apr 2013 11:33am

franz from Baden, Austria

brilliant "i look you in the eye, honey" image ... ;-)

22 Apr 2013 11:39am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

A superb close up of a beautiful bird, despite their lack of social skills!

22 Apr 2013 12:03pm

Carol from Leamington, Canada

A beautiful macro Doug... seagulls have such a mannequin stare and they are quite photogenic! :) A good one, I like!

22 Apr 2013 12:21pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Nonetheless, a wonderful clear portrait of this gull. True words : the big gulls of lake Huron where I grew up in a heavily touristed beach environment were ruthless at times. I saw a young girl have her whole box of french fries snatched away by a big gull that left her little fingers bleeding. It was awful.

22 Apr 2013 12:25pm

@Rick: It seems to happen all the time on our seafront. Unfortunately the tourists will then make demands that they are all culled forgetting that the week before they were laughing as they fed them on the sea wall !

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

super closeup-up portrait

22 Apr 2013 12:50pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

If they were humans, they would all be tax-collectors and football thugs!

22 Apr 2013 1:22pm

Basile Pesso from Between, Spain

Stunningly precise !

22 Apr 2013 1:27pm

Abena from Illinois, United States

The framing of it is beautiful, it has such a bold look and the white is beautiful.

22 Apr 2013 1:58pm

don from Spokane, United States

A very good close up of this gull's head. I'm glad the intervening grass is blurred.

22 Apr 2013 2:39pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Beautiful image! Nice shot! Best regards, Adela

22 Apr 2013 3:00pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Amazing close up! What a wonderful portrait! Beautiful color and detail. Not my favorite bird either, but they are such characters!

22 Apr 2013 3:29pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel vec jaune quelle belle tête et image sueprbe attitude et captage.

22 Apr 2013 3:51pm

Regina G. Santaella from Cancún, Mexico

The whole image is extremely elegant. It feels almost as if the gull had real thoughts. The bright colours on its beak against the immaculate white are stunning!

22 Apr 2013 3:54pm

jean pierre from paris, France

un beau portrait!! amitié

22 Apr 2013 3:58pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wonderful details and portrait!

22 Apr 2013 6:11pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A fine portrait of this guy wandering if you have a tidbit to share. ;-)

22 Apr 2013 6:12pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

5 stars from me. The eye is certainly captivating.

22 Apr 2013 7:14pm

Reza TOLOUIE from Tehran, Iran

j'adore sa tête!

22 Apr 2013 7:44pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fine close up

22 Apr 2013 7:44pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Excellent capture ... of this man-trained bird.

22 Apr 2013 7:54pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

You are so right! This is a great shot - he has the "lok" as well :-)

22 Apr 2013 8:18pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Wow, stunning, supper sharp

22 Apr 2013 9:49pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

A beautiful portrait of this serious looking bird ...

22 Apr 2013 11:08pm

Anina Botes from Auckland, New Zealand

What a great portrait. Wonderful detail

23 Apr 2013 12:25am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

What a nice up close portrait.

23 Apr 2013 12:55am

l'angevine from Angers, France

j'aime bien ces tiges avant le bec

23 Apr 2013 9:18am

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Canon EOS 500D
1/500 second
ISO 200
300 mm