Jan 28th 2015 Trout Lake Clouds and Sun 9c
|Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)|
It took a while to find the bird as it was on the water when I arrived. Finally it flew over to a grassy area with a few ring-billed and just as I was going to snap a picture a dog flushed the flock and off they flew.
Later a savvy photographer from Washington State came armed with a loaf of bread (why didn't I think of that) and soon the gulls were temped to fly close enough for some flight shots.
The red legs were a giveaway compared to the pale yellow/green of the Ring-billed Gulls.
|I panned the camera with the bird to create the soft pastel background.|
Using the Nikon 200mm-500mm zoom allowed me to crop in the camera when the bird came really close.
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Comparison shots from the Gibraltar Point, Lincolnshire UK 2014 showing breeding plumage.
|Courtship display Gibraltar Point UK.|
|Black-headed Gulls in full breeding plumage are colony nesters and make simple nests in the mud.|
"It's never too late to start birding"