Farmington Bay Ring-billed Gull Immediately After Bathing

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Ring-billed Gull immediately after bathingRing-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 bathRing-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.

Mia

7 Comments

  1. Molly iris February 17, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Love those little feet hanging in mid-air!. Whoever days gulls aren’t beautiful isn’t paying attention!

  2. Utahbooklover February 17, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    I like both of these interesting images, thanks to your birdwatching knowledge.

  3. Patty Chadwick February 17, 2018 at 11:09 am

    We’ve been watching the Olympic figute skaters and saw them doing similar moves…only they goot a medal for it….very graceful!!!

  4. Marty K February 17, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Such a cool shot of the gull taking off! So neat! I spent a lovely half hour last weekend watching gulls bathe.

  5. Liz Cormack February 17, 2018 at 8:56 am

    What great action shots!!!

  6. Mary Murphy February 17, 2018 at 5:50 am

    You got the front of the bird and the outer wing ALL IN THE SAME SHOT. Great. job!

  7. Mary Martha Murphy February 17, 2018 at 5:48 am

    You got the front of the bird and the outer wing ALL IN THE SAME SHOT. Excellent!

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