Saturday, March 19, 2011

Lesser Black-backed Gull

When you see as many gulls as I do when something different comes along, it sticks out like a sore thumb. On a beach walk in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina I has such an occurrence. A smallish, black backed gull with bright yellow legs was something that I knew I've never ticked off my list before.

Since the airlines have become suppressive and even started charging for carry-on items, I had to stuff two cameras (three counting the point-and-shoot) plus a small laptop and other goodies into a bag that would fit under the seat. Therefor there wasn't room for field guides and binoculars. So this was shoot first and ask questions later.

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Turns out to be a bird I've been waiting to see in Gloucester for a long time. It's a Lesser Black-backed Gull. This gull ranges along the Atlantic seaboard up through Nova Scotia, however I've never seen one. This was my big day.

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Here is is with a first winter Herring Gull to give you a size comparison. It is a bit smaller, but much smaller than the Great Black-backed Gull.

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12 comments:

texwisgirl said...

(Loved your use of the word "suppressive" to describe the airlines...)

Beautiful gulls.

dAwN said...

Congrats on this sighting...Awesome pics as always!

Francisca said...

Beautiful captures for Camera Critters.

Gary said...

Great close ups!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Jidhu Jose said...

nice shots

chubskulit said...

Oh how gorgeous!

My Camera Critter post, have a nice weekend.

Dubster said...

Lovely shot you got there

Roy said...

That first shot is brilliant Steve.

Cindy said...

Great clear shots. Nice catch

ladyfi said...

Wow - fabulously crisp shots!

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

You are a master photographer, Steve. Such beautiful imagery. Yay! you seeing a Life Bird!

Kerri said...

Outstanding captures Steve!!

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