Adult Ring-billed Gull Hovering Over The Marsh At Farmington Bay

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Ring-billed Gull hovering over the marsh at Farmington BayRing-billed Gull hovering over the marsh at Farmington Bay – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1600, ISO 320, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4xd TC, natural light, not baited

I was going to do a post about Ring-billed Gulls throughout the year this morning but Comcast has been a royal pain in my neck and my WiFi signal has popped in and out so often I gave up on that idea to save my sanity.

Most people don’t care much about gulls any way, right? They drive right past them without even slowing down to see what species they are or how beautiful they can be.

Not me, I love gulls. I love watching them fly, hunt, bathe, preen, sleep, walk, doze and squabble. I love how graceful they are in flight. I photographed this Ring-billed Gull last November as it hovered over the autumn colored marsh and I really like the resulting photo. The pose, the light, the setting, the contrast in colors all work well for my tastes.

Maybe Comcast will get its act together today and maybe my internet connection will stabilize. I just know I wasn’t in the mood to fight with my connection this morning or use up my cell phone data to make a long post.

Eclipse Crescents on the GroundEclipse Crescents on the Ground – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/80, ISO 320, Nikkor 18-200mm VR at 24mm, natural light under a partial solar eclipse

I will share one image that I took yesterday during the partial solar eclipse here in northern Utah. I stayed home and only went outside when I saw the strange crescent shapes on the ground from the eclipse. I probably won’t see the total eclipse in 2024 so I felt I had to at least go out and take a few of these photos and it was fun.

Life is good. It is better when my connection to the internet is stable.



  1. Patty Chadwick August 22, 2017 at 10:57 am

    I love thd pose/position of the gull in this image…and the color of the background…like you, I love the gulls…for their beauty, their flight, their sassiness and their intelligence…

  2. Laura Culley August 22, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Boy do I hear you loud and clear about your Internet connection! I live in rural Arizona and connection is iffy at best under normal circumstances. There are days…and yesterday was one of those days. I blame it on the eclipse in a yin and yang context. Yes, the eclipse was pretty spectacular, but the price for that beauty was intermittent (and challenging) electronics!
    Gulls were the first bird to attract my attention as a child. Every year, my family vacationed in Florida and one of the many pleasures for me was to toss oyster crackers to the gulls who would flock to the free food. Yes, now I know that the oyster crackers weren’t healthy for the gulls, but back then, I didn’t know that and just marveled at their sheer beauty in flight.

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