Roy Mangersnes - Evening gullwing

 

Black-headed Gulls have experienced a dramatic decline during the last years, not only in Norway but in the whole of northern Europe. In some countries the population has been reduced with as much as 20-50% from the early 90’s up until today. This tendency is not only relevant to the Black-headed Gull. In fact several “common” birds have this extremely negative trend, but it is hard for people to take notice. The latest Norwegian list of threatened species include birds like the European Starling, Lapwing, Common Gull, Curlew and Skylark to name a few, all showing population decline. This Gull was photographed at a traditional breeding colony in the south of Norway. In the last couple of years different measures have been taken to increase the breeding success of the charismatic Black-headed Gull. Hopefully money will be put where the mouth is and the trend line will shift upwards.


Location: Rogaland, Norway

Tags: Black-headed Gull, evening light, Larus ridibundus, roy mangersnes



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Comments

  1. Prasanth Iranikulam said:

    22/05/2011 08:36

    Excellent !!

  2. Sven Zacek said:

    22/05/2011 10:43

    Wow, I didn't know that. Come to think about it then yes I have seen rather few of these birds this year. I have to check out a couple of colonies I know and find out how are they doing here.

    This picture taken from behind really goes well together with your stroy as if trying to say pay attention, because you might not see me very often in the future.

  3. Edwin Kats said:

    22/05/2011 12:03

    Fantastic!! Love the mood in this one.

  4. Bruno said:

    23/05/2011 00:24

    I second Sven as this comes as unexpected news. This story perfectly match (even though giving a melancholic feeling to...) your fabulous shot.

    Thanks for sharing and thanks for caring! ;-)