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Aug 26, 2013 12:33 |  #1

This was taken recently at a lake in Maine (near the New Hampshire border), and I was curious what species of bird this is.

Any C&C would also be welcome, but please know that the original photo is quite a bit sharper and more detail is visible compared to the shrunken down to 150 KB version posted here. This was shot with a t3i and 85mm 1.8.

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Aug 26, 2013 13:18 |  #2

Sindarin wrote in post #16241405 (external link)
This was taken recently at a lake in Maine (near the New Hampshire border), and I was curious what species of bird this is.

Any C&C would also be welcome, but please know that the original photo is quite a bit sharper and more detail is visible compared to the shrunken down to 150 KB version posted here. This was shot with a t3i and 85mm 1.8.

Cheers!

Looks like maybe a juvenile Herring Gull. Though I have been fooled before!


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Aug 26, 2013 16:30 |  #3

Well done, and it appears to be a juvenile gull. Not sure on the species though.


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Aug 26, 2013 20:00 as a reply to  @ 2n10's post |  #4

Nothing like a BIF for your first post....excellent job Sindarin!
You managed to capture great detail and crisp focus on this gull and therefore have set the bar high for your future posts. Sorry I can't nail the species for you, but someone will come along with the answer.


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Aug 26, 2013 22:52 |  #5

2nd basic plumage Ring-billed Gull, nice shot.


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Aug 27, 2013 00:45 |  #6

Great shot. Brilliant detail and clarity. Well done!


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Aug 27, 2013 11:55 |  #7

Excellent first shot, welcome.

Gull ID is very hard I find, this looks like a juv or first winter something or other.

My only C&C would be a less distracting background would have been beneficial.


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Aug 27, 2013 16:43 |  #8

Thank you for the warm welcome to this sub-forum and the ID attempts!

Did not know gulls can change appearance so substantially as they mature and explains why I'd never seen a gull that looked like that. Thank you!

As for the C&C - the background is far from ideal, but the only way to avoid that in the area I was shooting would have been to use a faster aperture, and I wasn't sufficiently confident in my technique (and my t3i's AF capabilities) to go below f 4.0 when shooting birds in flight. Something for me to work on. :)


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