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The Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis) is a large gull of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, which has only recently achieved wide recognition as a distinct species. The breeding range is centred around the Mediterranean Sea. In North Africa it is common in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia and increasing in places. Recent breeding has occurred in Libya and Egypt. In the Middle East a few breed in Israel and Syria with larger numbers in Cyprus and Turkey. In Europe there are colonies all along the Mediterranean coast, and also on the Atlantic islands and coasts north to Brittany and west to the Azores.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis), Essaouira, Morocco, Africa

Nikon D200, Nikkor 18-200 mm at 135 mm, 1/640 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 200
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Comments

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 3 years ago

    fantastic picture!

  • Thanks a lot Charmiene!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesover 3 years ago

    Super colours and detail Konstantinos, wonderful capture, regards, Mark.

  • Thank you very much Mark, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thank you Ray!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamover 3 years ago

    Terrific capture, It looks a lot like the Lesser Black-backed Gull, especially with the red eye ring. I thought that a Yellow-legged Gull had a yellow eye ring?

  • Robert you are right, the two species look very much alike! Both of them have red eye ring, but I think the major difference is that the Lesser Black-backed Gull is a smaller bird, with slimmer build. Thanks a lot for your comment my friend!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyover 3 years ago

    Fabulous capture. Great lighting.

  • Thank you very much Gary, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 3 years ago

    1 Image per day 2011/08/05
    Perfect photography, well done Kon!

  • Thank you very much Maggie, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 3 years ago

    5 August 2011 – 2 images per day

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 3 years ago

    What a cool dude!! Excellent shot!

  • Yeah, he looks great! Thanks a lot Gena!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 3 years ago

    This stunning work has just been featured in the group Animals of Africa, Best of the best Well done!

  • Many thanks for the feature Maggie, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiover 3 years ago

  • Thanks a lot for the feature Laura, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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