Ring-billed Gull On the Wing

Ring-billed Gull in flightRing-billed Gull in flight – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/4000, ISO 640, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

Yesterday I had a bit of fun photographing this Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) at Farmington Bay Wildlife Management Area, I love the snowy whites these gulls exhibit in their plumage year round. This gull flew in towards me then turned to expose its complete underside.

Ring-billed Gull starting a diveRing-billed Gull starting a dive – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/6400, ISO 640, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

This image is the next frame I took as the gull turned to dive towards the water. Just one frame can make quite a difference in poses when you are shooting on the wing.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and photographing birds. My approach is to photograph the birds without disturbing their natural behavior. I don't bait, use set ups or call them in. I use Nikon gear and has multiple camera bodies and lenses.


  1. Lovely poster print Mia!

  2. He’s such a beautiful bird. Carol

  3. I love these! The eyes are fantastic. Excellent work, as always, Mia!

  4. Just brilliant, the Ring-billed Gull flying is one of your best, cheers Mia.

  5. I love the flight shots too Mia, very nice!

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