Head On Ring-billed Gull Portrait In A Snow Storm

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Head on Ring-billed Gull in a snow stormHead on Ring-billed Gull in a snow storm – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/2000, ISO 1000, +1.0 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

So… yesterday morning I mentioned that it was 57°F when I woke up and that the temperature was unusually warm for this time of the year. This morning is far more typical at 32°F and believe it or not there is snow on the ground. Lots of snow. About 8 to 9 inches of snow and it is still falling. This is our first “real” snow fall of this winter and I hope the mountains are getting dumped on heavily too. Maybe we will get a little bit of winter after all in the Salt Lake Valley, it sure hadn’t felt that way until last evening when I saw the snow start falling.

This portrait of a head on Ring-billed Gull in a snow storm was taken 364 days ago at a local pond near home and I liked it because the gull looks a touch grumpy. Of course the bird isn’t grumpy at all but it sure does look that way.

I am hoping to be able to get out and take photos this morning even if it is just a quick trip down to the local pond because it feels so good to see snow on the ground plus I love having big, fluffy snowflakes in photos with the birds I photograph during winter.

Life is good.



  1. Pepe Forte January 22, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Excellent shot. The perfect image of getting the stink eye… a look I know well. Thanks Mia.

  2. Denise January 21, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    Looks like a gull with attitude to me! Great shot.

  3. Utahbooklover January 20, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Nice straight-on image with the snow falling. Reminds me of the Bald Eagle’s permanent grumpy look (anthropomorphic perspective, as you point out). That’s about the same amount of snow that we got on the Bountiful bench–beautiful and welcomed.

  4. Elephants Child January 20, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Oooooh. And ahhh.

  5. April Olson January 20, 2018 at 11:38 am

    I love head on shots. They always look so expressive, even though we are the ones making that assumption.

  6. Patty Chadwick one of my favorite birds January 20, 2018 at 9:21 am

    BEAUTIFUL! Bird and snow….both…together…..

  7. Liz Cormack January 20, 2018 at 8:55 am

    I love this shot.

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