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The Herring Gull, Larus argentatus, is a large gull (up to 26 inches or 66 cm long) and is the most abundant and best known of all gulls along the shores of western Europe. Herring Gulls are also abundant around inland garbage dumps, and some have even adapted to life in inland cities. Herring Gull flocks have a loose pecking order, based on size, aggressiveness and physical strength. Communication between these birds is complex and highly-developed - employing both calls and body language. Unlike many flocking birds, Herring Gulls do not engage in social grooming and keep physical contact between individuals to a minimum. Outside of the male/female and parent/chick relationship, each Herring Gull attempts to maintain a respectful 'safe distance' from others of its kind. Any breach of this results in fighting, though severe injuries are seldom inflicted.

Photo taken from the ferry to the island of Texel. Many gulls fly along with the boat. So quite easy to shoot such gulls ;-)

De Zilvermeeuw is aan de kusten van België en Nederland, soms ook verder landinwaarts, een bekende verschijning. Hij is plaatselijk een algemene broedvogel van het duingebied. De vogel komt voor langs de meeste kusten van Europa.
Zilvermeeuwen eten van alles: in hun natuurlijke kustomgeving vooral mosselen, kokkels, krabbetjes en wormen; in de stad allerlei afval. Ze vissen zelf niet of nauwelijks, maar lusten wel degelijk vis en visafval.

Satish Rangaswamy, luzzzelmann, and 195 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. loopyphotos 70 months ago | reply

    I have no idea how you managed this but it's great!

  2. Ian@NZFlickr 69 months ago | reply

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  3. Zo Perko [deleted] 69 months ago | reply

    You just had to outdo me
    haha, great shot
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  4. Andre-K 66 months ago | reply

    Nice shot!

  5. John(cardwellpix) 64 months ago | reply

    Knockout... but you know that ! !

  6. Ms. Kathleen 63 months ago | reply

    Your photo is wonderful!

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  7. Nickkkkkkk! 63 months ago | reply

    Really like the compostion in this shot. Wildlife shots can be a little repetitve sometimes but the way you've caught the gull in the foreground and the others behind in the distance really works well.

  8. Justin McCollum 62 months ago | reply

    How did you get so close with such magnificent detail? I love it!!!!

  9. imlovinlovey 60 months ago | reply

    How on earth did you take this photo?! It's amazing!

  10. So Walk! [deleted] 57 months ago | reply

    Nice crop. Like how the wings frame the image and oh, the airplane in the background is cool too.

  11. haiku design 55 months ago | reply

    profundidad inversa, bellismo

  12. Splice Vine 53 months ago | reply

    WOW! This photo has more dream levels than 'Inception'! Bravo - excellent work.

  13. colette.snell 51 months ago | reply

    SAMMI! SAMMI! WHERED YOU GO!!! WHY DIDNT YOU LISTEN To ME AND NOT GO TO THE BEACH! YOU DIDNT EVEN SAY YOUR SO LONGS!!! WHATS HAPPENED TO MY LITTLE B:oYYY?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

  14. B_Kluge 51 months ago | reply

    Haha, wow!! This is too cool!

  15. midniteboarder 50 months ago | reply

    this is a fabulous capture! well done!

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