Ring-billed Gull immediately after bathing – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/2500, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
I spent a little bit of time at Farmington Bay WMA yesterday morning and I was excited to see a couple of squadrons of American White Pelicans flying over the marshes early in my visit there and thirty-one Great Blue Herons at the rookery when I was about to go home. I had hoped to see or hear my first of the year Sandhill Cranes but I dipped on that. The birds I photographed the most yesterday were American Crows and gulls.
A few days ago when I wrote about a bathing Black-bellied Plover I mentioned that the plover turned its back towards me when it finished bathing which meant that I missed having photos of it facing me that I wanted of it where the bird lifted its wings and leapt up into the air. That is a behavior I see in quite a few bird species, including gulls.
Yesterday I saw a Ring-billed Gull bathing among the flock and kept my eye and lens on it even though there were quite a few other birds quite close to it. My hope was that those birds would move away and I could isolate the bathing Ring-billed Gull and that is exactly what happened right at the time the gull finished its bath. The gull lifted its wings…
Ring-billed Gull leaping after a bath – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/2500, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
And leapt into the air above the water. As much as I like the first photo where the Ring-billed Gull has its wings spread and its feet still in the water I like the second photo even more because of the action and how the bird is suspended over the water.
Life is good.