I know that California Gulls are “just gulls” and many people think they are trash birds but I like them simply because they are birds and because I think they are beautiful and elegant too. Maybe if they had a hooked beak and talons on their feet people would think differently about them.
Anyway, while photographing Long-billed Curlews, Willets and an out of place Marbled Godwit yesterday on Antelope Island a flock of California Gulls flew in to feast on what appeared to be a grasshopper hatch.
The California Gulls and the Marbled Godwit came in close and I decided to do some portrait images of the gulls because I like seeing the dark eyes and red orbital ring against the pure white feathers on the gull’s head along with the red gape and the black and red markings on the bill.
I was also able to take several flight shots of the gulls as they flew in to feed on the grasshoppers. Not long after the curlews, willets and lone godwit left the gulls lifted off and landed on the dirt road probably to feast on more grasshoppers.
Clear April mornings are perfect for bird photography on Antelope Island. Well, that is if you can stand the biting gnats which are out and biting like there is no tomorrow!
Life is good.
California Gulls are the official State Bird of Utah, see why here