Roy Mangersnes - Evening gullwing

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

Posted on 22.05.2011
Photo info - 21.06.2009: NIKON D3, 500 mm, ISO 200, f 4, 1/1000 sec
Tags: Black-headed Gull evening light Larus ridibundus Roy Mangersnes wildlife photography
Roy Mangersnes - Evening gullwing

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

Posted on 22.05.2011
Photo info - 21.06.2009: NIKON D3, 500 mm, ISO 200, f 4, 1/1000 sec
Tags: Black-headed Gull evening light Larus ridibundus Roy Mangersnes wildlife photography