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Herring Gull (3rd winter) on the Beach, banded T76

Posted by Julie L. Brown, Photobirder (Indianapolis, Indiana, United States) on 28 October 2014 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

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Cape May, New Jersey

Last year (October 6-12) I traveled to southern New Jersey for "Cape May Magic" an American Birding Association workshop conducted by Mark Garland and Pat & Clay Sutton . It was a wonderful week of birding and learning about birds, although it was rainy and very windy. The storm, a nor'easter (a cyclonic storm that moves along the east coast of North America. It’s called “nor’easter” because the winds over coastal areas blow from a northeasterly direction) , lasted most of the week. As a result, the conditions were generally very challenging for bird photography. Despite the weather, I enjoyed it so much that I spent another five days there in mid-October 2014. Due to its location at the end of a peninsula bordered by Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Cape May , New Jersey is a migrant trap and one of the top birding destinations in North America.

This 3rd winter Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) T76 was banded as a chick in Maine by Dr. Julie Ellis , July 2010 (The Gulls of Appledore) .

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Akbar&Armaghan from Gorgan, Iran


28 Oct 2014 5:17am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece


28 Oct 2014 6:52am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

'T76' - and no doubt proud of it !

28 Oct 2014 7:23am

Focales from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I love the light of this photo. Beautiful capture

28 Oct 2014 7:28am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

good shot

28 Oct 2014 2:17pm

Sonja from Wörgl, Austria

Sehr schön - es ist immer so interessant, wenn durch die Markierung der Geburtsort, das Alter und der Reiseweg eines Vogels ausfindig gemacht werden kann.

28 Oct 2014 7:04pm

@Sonja: Ja, Alterung Möwen ist interessant und kompliziert, weil sie so lange, um zu reifen zu nehmen! Vielen Dank für Ihren Kommentar, Sonja.

Urszula from Gdańsk, Poland

Is she dancing? :)

28 Oct 2014 7:44pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Pristine shot, and such a great backdrop.

28 Oct 2014 9:09pm

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Nice capture. I guess he's engaged.

28 Oct 2014 10:06pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

T76 is a beauty.

29 Oct 2014 1:01am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

wonderfully sharp and detailed capture!

29 Oct 2014 2:20am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Ah, I see the spotted tail - always fascinating.

29 Oct 2014 6:40am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


29 Oct 2014 9:07am

Devi from Chennai, India

This is a brilliant shot !!!!Lovely details here !!! Quickly caught up with your previous beautiful shots to !! Great !

29 Oct 2014 9:29am

@Devi: Thank you very much, Devi!

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Gorgeous detail and beautiful warm light that you've captured here!! An interesting background which appears to have vertical "movement" to it.

29 Oct 2014 12:20pm

@Steven: Thank you, Steven. Interesting observation. The background is dune grasses and it was quite windy that day. Fortunately that helped to create that blur.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

P.S. - Congratulations on photo #1400!! Here's to another 1,400!!

31 Oct 2014 2:27pm

Sathya from Chennai, India

Awesome again.

31 Oct 2014 6:25pm