Ring-billed Gull in a dive

Ring-billed Gull in a dive
Ring-billed Gull in a dive – Nikon D200, handheld, f7.1, 1/800, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 185mm, natural light, not baited

Just a simple image today that I have always liked because of the action even though I don’t have great eye contact with my subject, a Ring-billed Gull. The day I took this image there were huge schools of baitfish running just off the shore of Fort De Soto’s north beach. It almost looked like the Gulf of Mexico’s waters were boiling and there were large flocks of gulls, terns, pelicans and skimmers all in feeding frenzies. I’ve posted about the Brown Pelicans that I photographed that day here, the images are the 3rd through the 6th from the top.

Schools of baitfish running just off the coast can be a great opportunity to photograph flocks of birds, great behavior and fantastic action.


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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 to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Great symmetry. I will also be posting some Ring-billed Gulls I have in my drive soon.

  2. Holy cow Mia, that isn’t simple that is simply AMAZING!!!!!

  3. Wonderful image! Really nice detail throughout.

  4. Great Gull on a dive, beautiful. And, I feel sorry for the peoples who lost their sons and daughters in Newtown, Connecticut.

  5. Super action shot, Mia.

  6. Awesome Mia, I love this photo:)

  7. excelent action shot !! not so easy
    last year i ve done a dive of krestrel hawk, really nice moment too

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