I photographed this California Gull back in May on Antelope Island State Park in falling rain and like the streaks of rain in the frame. This was taken not long after I got to the island near the visitor center when I still had low light to deal with because of thick clouds overhead. Later on the light became much better and I spent most of the morning photographing Western Kingbirds attempting to build a nest.
I like gulls even if other people think they are “trash birds” and won’t stop to take images of them. I think they are graceful in flight, have beautiful plumage and although at times their calls can be annoying I find their behavior fascinating especially when they are trying to catch brine flies here along the shore of the Great Salt Lake. Besides, common birds can be uncommonly beautiful if given the chance.
It is said that California Gulls saved the early Mormon pioneers when a plague of crickets were destroying all their crops and the ravenous gulls devoured the crickets and saved the crops. Without the sustenance those crops provided the pioneers may have perished. I wonder what Utah would be like today without those gulls being the heroes. There is even a monument dedicated to the California Gulls in Salt Lake City. I don’t know if this story is true or just another story that was pure fabrication.
Doesn’t matter to me, I still like the gulls.
Life is good.