Runty Second Winter Ring-billed Gull Photos

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Runty Ring-billed Gull on iceRunty Ring-billed Gull on ice – Nikon D500, f8, 1/2000, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

On January 3rd I photographed two unusual Ring-billed Gulls at my local pond in Salt Lake County, today I am sharing one of those gulls, the runty, second winter Ring-billed Gull. This photo shows an out of focus, normal sized Ring-billed Gull several feet behind the much smaller and daintier looking runty Ring-billed Gull.

Runty Ring-billed Gull stretchingRunty Ring-billed Gull stretching – Nikon D500, f8, 1/1000, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

When I first spotted it I had hoped I was seeing a much rarer gull, a Mew Gull, but the bill on the runty gull although smaller than usual is shaped just like a Ring-billed Gulls bill. I did share the images with a North American Gulls Facebook page just to be sure and the consensus was a “runty second winter ring-billed” and I agree.

Runty Second Winter Ring-billed Gull callingRunty Second Winter Ring-billed Gull calling – Nikon D500, f8, 1/1600, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

The runty Ring-billed Gull was so beautiful though that I wanted to share these images. The gull came in close and I was able to take several close up portraits plus there were even a few of the gull calling.

Portrait of a runty 2nd Winter Ring-billed GullPortrait of a runty 2nd Winter Ring-billed Gull – Nikon D500, f8, 1/5000, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

In these close up portraits it is much harder, if not impossible, to tell how runty this Ring-billed Gull was because there is nothing to compare it to such as a normal sized Ring-billed Gull but since it was so cooperative I took quite a few portraits of it.

Runty Second Winter Ring-billed Gull close upRunty Second Winter Ring-billed Gull close up – Nikon D500, f8, 1/4000, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I think Ring-billed Gulls photographed against a snowy background are stunning and I am glad there was a heavy layer of snow on the ground when I photographed this interesting gull. I love gulls despite how common they can be.

Life is good.

Mia

6 Comments

  1. Pepe Forte January 15, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Extraordinary portraits of a beautiful bird. The eyes are especially vivid. Thanks Mia.

  2. Glen Fox January 15, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Maybe we should call it Petite!

  3. Elephant's Child January 15, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Runty? Definitely the wrong word. That is such an elegant bird.

  4. M. Bruce January 15, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Charming photos Mia and fascinating information. I have to confess that I’ve never heard the word “Runty” used in bird classification before, so I definitely learned something today, plus, as someone that was born and raised within smelling distance of the Pacific Ocean, I’ve never seen or even thought of any kind of Gull in or on the snow. Thanks!

  5. Patty Chadwick January 15, 2017 at 9:45 am

    I agree with Bob….I always love the subtler, more monochromatic colored birds…like Canada Geese, Sage Thrashers, Chickadees and gulls. The gray eyes are beautiful.

  6. Bob mcpherson January 15, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Beautiful images, Mia

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