Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Herring Gull

I'm pretty sure this is a Herring Gull. There are a few gulls like this that are pretty similar. This was taken back a few weeks ago during my Saturday afternoon at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. At times, taking pictures there felt a bit like shooting fish in a barrel, because the birds were so used to people you could get real close. Not as much sport, less natural. But it sure is nice to get real close shots. Even will my telephoto zoom at 300mm, it's best if the bird is within 20 feet or so to get a real nice clean image.

1 comment:

  1. This is a hybrid Western x Glaucous-winged Guul, the so-called "Olympic Gull" so common in the Pacific NW.

    A Herring Gull would have a glaring white eye, thinner and not-so-orange bill, blacker wing tips (on both uppper and undersides) and much paler mantle.