Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Flying high

The black-headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) is common in Iceland. This small gull often nests on the edges of Arctic tern colonies and its eggs benefit from the protection of the aggressive terns. Some of them are scavengers, but in the battle for bread down by the pond in Reykjavík they lose out to the bigger and more aggressive lesser black-backed gulls. Incidentally, "black-headed" is a misnomer - their heads are actually a dark chocolate brown.

Digital photos, taken with my Nikon D7000.
Again the light was not optimal, but I am pretty happy with the results nonetheless. The thing I love about digital photography is that you can take as many photos as it takes to get a good one and you don't have to wait to get film developed to see the results, and the only thing it costs you is the cost of electricity to recharge your camera battery. These were the best out of between 20 and 30 photos of these gulls I took in that session.

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