Adult Black-headed Gull in winter plumage.Β  The dark brown hood of the breeding plumage (see here ) has been replaced by diffuse dark markings on the head and, notably, a dark spot behind the eye.

An agile, small gull, quite common around here at the moment as they scavenge, uttering their shrill screams, over the city and out around the suburbs.

There is another photo of this species here .

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Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens used in DX (= APS-C) format to give 450mm; 1600 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Portrait v2 profile; Chew Valley Lake, Somerset; 7 Dec 2020.


About Adrian Lewis
Photographer - using mono, colour and combinations of the two - many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous, trying new ideas, working in multiple genres. And I've a weakness for Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

16 Responses to BIRDS 130 – BLACK-HEADED GULL 3

  1. bluebrightly says:

    “Portrait of a Loudmouth!” πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


  2. Great capture! This particular one obviously has a lot to say.


  3. Meanderer says:

    An interesting change in colouring! I still don’t think I’ve seen one of these gulls IRL.

    Sounds like an announcement to all but cancel Crimbo, this afternoon …….


    • Meanderer says:

      Also meant to say what a beautiful portrait πŸ™‚


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      You must have seen them, its a very common bird. The thing to look for in all plumages is the white blaze along the leading edge of the wing; neither the bigger and lumpier Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls have this. The Black-headeds are a bit smaller and more agile, and they have a really piercing scream.

      Cancelling Crimbo would be a wonderful Crimbo present! This 5 day thing is sheer madness; the government’s policies are going to kill people. And as usual NI, Wales and Scotland are ready to take harsh decisions, whereas Boris just dithers around. I really do think that the other 3 countries look after their people, whereas Boris’s eyes always stray towards the economy. To me, there can be nothing more worthwhile than saving lives.

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      • Meanderer says:

        I will certainly try and be more observant next time I see gulls (difficult whilst protecting chips πŸ™‚ ).

        Well, they went and did it. I agree with you – the 5 day, 3 household, travel all over the UK plan, was madness. I’m almost lost for words really but feeling relieved.


  4. krikitarts says:

    What a catch! it looks like the lower bill belongs to a different bird situated just behind the primary one.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I was very lucky. I pulled up beside Chew Lake, got out of the car holding the camera, and this bird was on the lake’s fence, looking at me. Moving very slowly I took some frames, when it suddenly looked away and yawned – very lucky I didn’t have to wind on a film camera! πŸ™‚

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