Svalbard, Norway

A glaucous seagull looks at the full moon while standing at a beach. The beautiful blues, purples, and pinks of the sky perfectly blend into one another. The full moon is placed at the top left.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 1 October, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS-1D X and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Exposure time: 1/400s
  • ISO: 1250
  • Focal Length: 230mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 3585 by 4640 pixels (WxH).

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This glaucous seagull looks to the full moon while strolling along the beach on the island where the polar bear sleeps under the moon. It is not too far from the cliffs. The beautiful blues, purples, and pinks of the sky perfectly blend into one another. The full moon is placed in the top left of the photograph, while the seagull stands at the bottom right. It is an asymmetrical photograph, but it is a balanced composition overall.

A breeding adult Glaucous Seagull is brilliantly white with translucent white tips on its wings. However, it has a pale pearly gray color on its back and the upper surface of wings. Its eyes and bills are yellow. Non-breeding adults usually have some pale brownish or grayish markings on the head, neck, and upper breast.

If other gulls or seabirds group near them, the Glaucous Gulls tend to be dominant and aggressive by raising their wings and calling to warn them before attacking. Their habitats include nests on cliffs, coastlines, and islands in the Arctic and look for food in nearby waters and seabird colonies.

Their conservation status has been steadily increasing in numbers in recent times. Since it is a predator on eggs and young, its increase may cause issues for populations of other coastal bird species.

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1 comment for Glaucous Seagull Looks To Full Moon

  1. Megan

    Such beautiful colours. Even the seagull has stopped to admire!

    • Anette Mossbacher

      These are the colors of the Arctic sunset. Thank you very much, Megan.
      Cheers Anette

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