California Gull with nesting material

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A little over a week ago I was photographing a perched Loggerhead Shrike on Antelope Island when I noticed a California Gull (Larus californicus) flying towards me with a bill full of something that didn’t look like food.

California Gull with nesting materialCalifornia Gull with nesting material – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/4000, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

As the gull came closer to me I could see that it was some type of vegetation and I knew then it had a bill full of nesting material. California Gulls nest nearby on Egg Island and that is the direction that the gull was flying towards. It was the first time I have been able to photograph a California Gull with nesting material so I was quite pleased. though I wish I had backed up my zoom all the way, I might have been able to fit the whole bird in the frame.

Perched California GullPerched California Gull – Nikon D200, f8, 1/1250, ISO 400, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

I photographed this California Gull along the causeway to the island last year, it looks like it is in the middle of a molt because some of the feather on the wing are a touch ragged.



  1. Julie Brown May 13, 2012 at 7:19 am

    I like how you framed the flying gull shot.

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      Thank you Julie, that gull was very close when I took the image.

  2. Tammy Karr May 12, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    That’s one big mouthful of material! Great captures; I love the composition on the first photo.

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      Thanks Tammy, it was a huge mouthful of nesting material.

  3. Carol Mattingly May 12, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Nice shot Mia. Love the whites on these beautiful birds. Carol

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      Thanks Carol, their whites are beautiful!

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