Monday, August 31, 2009

Bonaparte's Gull

These have to be the sweetest gulls that we get on a semi-regular basis on Cape Ann. They are quiet, don’t make a fuss, don’t steal stuff out of your beach bag and are generally peaceful gulls. However when I get good shots, something else comes along and they get push aside.

Well, to make amends, I’m using them to make my introductory post on Bird Photography Weekly. Enjoy.



To give you an idea how small these gulls are, here is a shot of one with a Ring-billed Gull and a Herring Gull.


Big Stretch.


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20 comments:

Jan's Place USA and Mt Forest Pictures said...

These are wonderful shots, of a really pretty gull. The ones we have on the coast in Washington are honery!

Kelly said...

Oh my goodness...I have never seen a Bonaparte's Gull in person. I had no idea they were so tiny. They are definitely cute! Lovely photos...

ramblingwoods said...

I originally came via Bird Photography weekly and was taken in by other posts. I live in western NY and it is a good place to see gulls. Seeing them and identifying them is another matter. Thanks for showing me 3 of them..... --Michelle--

Frank said...

Good morning Steve. I just want you to know that I learn something new everytime I come to this blog and thats why I like your blog so much. Thanks and keep up the good work

gwendolen said...

Lovely photos Steve!

I can't believe there's a quiet species of gull. :-)) The Bonaparte sure looks sweet though.

Chris said...

Beautiful Steve. We do not see them here, but we got some ring-billed gull this summer. You're absolutely right, it is a rather small gull this bonaparte (well Bonaparte was not tall really ;-) ).

mick said...

All great photos but the one stretching its wings is especially good. Nice to see some size comparison with the other gulls as well.

Steve B said...

Wow Jan, must be that they are on their best bbehavour here.

I know Kelly and Mick, this isn't a new bird on my list, but when I saw that they were smaller than the ring bills, that put it into perspecive.

Thanks for stopping by Michelle. You can click the GULLS tag and see some tips on identifying juvies.

Hi Frank, I'm always happy to see that I have Gloucester friends stopping by.

LOL, Chris! You're right!

Richard said...

Thanks for the comparison shot. It sure helps when you view new birds. Great pictures.

Larry Jordan said...

Great captures of the Bonaparte's Gull Steve. Thanks for the comparison shot, it really allows us to see the huge difference in size.

I really need to take the time to work on my shorebird identification. So much to do, so little time. Thanks for the post, love that stretch shot too!

Steve B said...

I hear ya', Larry. Tonight I'm posting some Short-billed Dowitchers and Black-bellied Plovers in all kinds of funky plumages. : b


Hi Richard. I know! I'm used to looking at Great Black-backed and Herring Gulls. This one is pint-sized for sure.

The Early Birder said...

A very smart looking Gull Steve and just a bit larger than Little Gull but very similar. ID much easier when you have the others for comparison. FAB

luvmyboys said...

How sweet they look, almost more like a dove than a seagull (although I can't picture a quiet one! LOL!)

Jenny said...

The crispness of your photography always astounds and inspires me Steve. We had a Bonaparte's Gull visit my local nature reserve on the edge of Frome a few years ago! Quite a thrill! (-:

MaineBirder said...

Awesome captures Steve! Bonaparte's are a blast to watch and photograph!

Roy said...

What a sweet little bird Steve. Unfortunately I have never seen one.

TonyC said...

Superb shots steve. I love the middle one - a great comparison of size and structure. Boney's are one of my favourite gulls.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I can't believe the wide variety of gulls you have there Steve. We only have a few.

Cindy said...

What a beautiful little gull, don't say I'd use the word beautiful for most gulls. LOL:)

Eve said...

I know people that would drive for hours to see this bird Steve! Great photos!

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