Bathing Laughing Gull in breeding plumage

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Bathing Laughing GullBathing Laughing Gull – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 250, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light, not baited

I photographed this adult Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) in breeding plumage while it bathed in the shallow waters of a tidal lagoon at Fort De Soto’s north beach a few years ago. I liked the action, the splashing water and how the flared wing tips appear to fan over the face of the gull. Some people may not like that the eye is slightly obscured by the one feather that goes through the bird’s eye but I do.

As a bird and wildlife photographer I find it important to have eye contact with my subjects; preferably with catchlights, but as with any rule in photography there are exceptions. Sometimes you should break those rules.



  1. M. Firpi September 2, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    The outstretched plumage is outstanding and elegant. Great action shot!

  2. Tammy Karr September 2, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Great photo Mia! Laughing Gulls are handsome in their breeding plumage!

    • Mia McPherson September 6, 2012 at 7:33 am

      Thanks Tammy, I agree, Laughing Gulls are handsome in breeding plumage!

  3. Susan September 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Love this photo Mia:)

  4. Bob Bushell September 2, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    The bird looks like it’s laughing, premium photo.

    • Mia McPherson September 6, 2012 at 7:28 am

      You are right Bob, it does look like it is laughing! Thanks for your comment.

  5. Julie G. September 2, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I can almost hear the whoosh of the flapping wing feathers. There is great movement in this photograph. Love the water droplets too. Fabulous capture, Mia!

  6. Carol Mattingly September 2, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I love all of your images Mia, eye or no eye. Have a wonderful visit with your Mom. Carol

    • Mia McPherson September 2, 2012 at 10:28 am

      Thank you Carol, I am very much looking forward to seeing my mom again.

  7. Dan Huber September 2, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Wonderful capture Mia, pretty bird.

  8. Beverly Everson September 2, 2012 at 6:35 am

    I really like this, Mia! Love the action in this unusual shot!!

    • Mia McPherson September 2, 2012 at 10:25 am

      Thank you so much Beverly!

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