Ring-billed Gulls are quite common during the winter here in northern Utah and they can be found where there is open water nearby where they can find food. Over the past two weeks I have been able to photograph several Ring-billed Gulls in flight in varying light and like the way they turned out. All of the images were taken at Farmington Bay WMA.
This first Ring-billed Gull in flight image was taken in less than optimal light with a cloudy sky in the background. Even though the sky is gray the gull still stands out well, I have nice eye contact and details in the plumage.
The light was somewhat better when I photographed this Ring-billed Gull against a partly cloudy sky a few day after I photographed the gull above. There is a bit more warmth to this image because of the sunlight and the partly cloudy sky in the background adds interest that wouldn’t be there if the sky were plain gray or clear blue.
A few seconds later the same gull flew into an area where the sky behind it was a a clear, soft blue. This image doesn’t have as much interest in the background because the sky is featureless but the gull does stand out extremely well.
I like all of the Ring-billed Gull in flight images and appreciate the different backgrounds in each one. I remember when I first started photographing birds that I practiced flight shots with gulls in all kinds of light because they were easy to find and seem to be on the wing quite often.
This Ring-billed Gull wasn’t in flight but I liked the the serious look it appeared to be giving me while afloat on the icy blue water. It had been trying to steal fish from the Pied-billed Grebes nearby and failed several times, maybe it was just a grumpy look.
Life is good.