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Old Dec 3, 2010, 6:45 PM   #1
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Default Waves or Ripples -- Cripple and the ripple

In this shot there are 2 seagulls standing in rippling water. The one at top evidently had some kind of mishap and lost one of its legs. Not an uncommon occurrance around here with fishermen's lines, etc.
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Old Dec 3, 2010, 6:46 PM   #2
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And a 2-legged gull (also taken last night at sunset)
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Old Dec 3, 2010, 10:46 PM   #3
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Your two shots are so different. Both are awesome shots, they are just so different, even though they are the same subject (both are of gulls wading in the ocean). It always is amazing how changing a couple of things in a picture makes a world of difference.
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I agree with mtngal... Similar subject, different mood...

Good job either way...!
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I get so angry at the way people do things with out regard for the wildlife. It hurts me every time I see something that is a direct result of peoples arrogant behavior.....
anyway that said, interesting use of light Walter. Variations of the same theme give me clues of what is possible through a professionals' eyes. Thanks Frank
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Nice shots. I just wanted to help educate the readers, that the seagull in your shot most likely has both legs. Seagulls, like many other birds tuck one leg up and stand on the other for long periods. It is an efficient method of heat retention. Birds’ legs have an adaptation called “rete mirabile” that minimizes heat loss. The arteries that transport warm blood into the legs lie in contact with the veins that return colder blood to the bird’s heart. The arteries warm the veins. By standing on one leg, a bird reduces by half the amount of heat lost through unfeathered limbs.

It is very common to see, especially on birds who stay near water. I think that most birds with web feet have rete mirabile. I am still amazed at how the other leg seems to disappear when they tuck it up. I have watched seagulls that I was sure had lost a leg, only to later see the invisible leg drop down. Considering that the rest of their body is insulated with feathers, it makes sense that they would have a way to minimize heat loss from their unprotected legs.
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Very nice images. The color is the second one is terrific.
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