173/365 Black-headed Gull feeding


Whilst down at the coast yesterday I decided to have a short mini project on Black headed Gulls.  I learnt a lot about their feeding behaviour and how to utilise this to gain better photographs.  It was putting the autofocus system of the 5D mk3 to the test and I can honestly say it coped extremely well.  It is certainly a project that I will be continuing. Here is one of the best from the day.  Not perfect but I like the way the water is trickling down from the bird as it rises from the water.

Black-headed Gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus, Glamorgan, Wales, February, 2013.
Canon 5D mk3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

173/365 Black headed Gull

105/365 Black-headed Gull


 

This image of a winter plumaged Black headed Gull goes against pretty much all of the rules of photography; the bird is flying out of the frame, both wing tips are cut off, no room for the subject to go into.
Despite all of these, I really like this image, particularly the backlighting which highlights all of the feather details around the wings and the tail, and the water droplets dripping off its plumage aswell.
With photography I always think…. rules are there to be broken! 😉

Black-headed Gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus, West-Midlands, 2009.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.