Steve Sampliner  

Sooty Gull by Steve Sampliner

May 2021 - Sooty Gull

May 2021 - Steve Sampliner


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Pentax K1, Pentax 150-450 lens, ISO 200, 330mm f/6.3, 1/1250, April 22. This might be a new gull for some. Found along the coast of the Red Sea, Arabian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Kenya and Tanzania. I find it to be quite a lovely gull. I was watching some fly into this estuary and noticed that just before landing, they all dropped their heads and sort of dove in beak first. I thought this was very strange. So, I watched closely and found every Sooty that came to this spot did the same thing. So, the routine is to get a drink of water and wash the face and head-first before getting to the rest of the body. This is what I tried to capture, the face first dive. Any suggestions on how to improve the image are welcome.

2 comments posted

Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Steven, Thank you again for sharing species and their behaviors from the Arabian Gulf. You documented this very well, the gull is sharp and composed well. One suggestion to consider is to highlight the water going over the head of the gull and highlight the water dribble stream from the other gull. In Photoshop I used the dodge tool, selecting highlights at 8% exposure. I think this draws attention to the behavior and helps explain why the bill is underwater. Let me know what you think. Jim   Posted: 05/01/2021 08:19:41
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Steve Sampliner   Steve Sampliner
Hi Jim, thanks for that suggestion. Looks great. Subtle but evident.   Posted: 05/01/2021 08:31:05


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