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Off Cape of Good Hope, Western Cape
South Africa


Make Canon EOS 7D
Lens Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM   at 640 mm
Exposure 1/1000 s, f/5.6, ISO 250á
Image size 800 x 533 pixels

IOC Names

Order  Charadriiformes   Family  Laridae

Deutsch  Schwalbenm÷we Dutch  Vorkstaartmeeuw
Italian  Gabbiano di Sabine Spanish  Gaviota de Sabine


This species is named after Sir Edward and Joseph Sabine who described it in 1819. It breeds in the northernmost North America and Eurasia. The eastern canadian and Greenland populations winter off south west Africa, where this photo was taken. Note the sharply contrasting upperwing pattern.'s_Gull


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Sabine's Gull
Xema sabini
Mouette de Sabine

Jean-Michel PAULUS