I photographed this Ring-billed Gull in flight at Bear River National Wildlife Refuge on New Year’s Day on the west side of the auto tour loop. There were gulls and ravens resting on the ice and several gulls in flight over some open water. I could not resist taking images of the gulls with the snow covered Promontory Mountains in the background and this image makes me glad I didn’t think “they are just gulls”.
The winter light on the white snow and the Ring-billed Gull in flight combine to create what I think is a visually appealing image. This is a common bird that can be uncommonly beautiful and I’m happy to have this image taken at OUR refuge in my portfolio.
Today I want to express my concern for the safety of the staff at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, the people of the towns nearby and for the government officials that have to deal with and remove the
patriots militia armed thugs that have illegally and forcibly taken over the refuge headquarters and the refuge.
Their earlier peaceful protest in town was legal. Taking over the refuge is not.