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.



  1. M. Firpi December 16, 2012 at 11:21 am

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

  2. Sherry in MT December 15, 2012 at 8:22 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson December 18, 2012 at 9:38 am

      Thank you Sherry, I love to photograph gulls.

  3. Wally December 15, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Wonderful image! Really nice detail throughout.

  4. Bob Bushell December 15, 2012 at 9:49 am

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

    • Mia McPherson December 15, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Thank you Bob.

      My heart aches, or rather feels like it has a huge hole in it, for the people who lost loved ones yesterday. Words are inadequate.

  5. Laurence Butler December 15, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Nice Chevron!

  6. Rohrerbot December 15, 2012 at 8:31 am

    That. Is. Awesome!

  7. Bob Zeller December 15, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Super action shot, Mia.

  8. Susan December 15, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Awesome Mia, I love this photo:)

    • Mia McPherson December 15, 2012 at 10:16 am

      Thank you Susan, I love the action.

  9. eric c11 December 15, 2012 at 7:02 am

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

    • Mia McPherson December 15, 2012 at 10:17 am

      Thanks Eric, the birds were very cooperative that day.

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