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Ring-billed Gull (adult), walking in the surf

Posted by Julie L. Brown, Photobirder (Indianapolis, Indiana, United States) on 18 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, 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 is a migrant trap and one of the top birding destinations in North America.

The Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) is very common across North America: "Ring-billed Gulls often congregate around humans, at garbage dumps, parking lots, and freshly plowed fields. While the species is common on coastal beaches, particularly during winter, many Ring-billed Gulls lead inland lives, never setting eyes on the sea."

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Akbar&Armaghan from Gorgan, Iran

Wow! Excellent!

18 Oct 2014 10:27am

Kim from Australia

That is a beautiful image Julie

18 Oct 2014 11:54am

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

just a little stroll. excellent light

18 Oct 2014 11:59am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

Il est tout beau !!

18 Oct 2014 12:45pm

Focales from France

What beautiful light on this Gull

18 Oct 2014 3:34pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot
with beautiful composition, focus, colors & lighting!

18 Oct 2014 6:11pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

interesting colours of the beak and legs - i have not seen one like this yet...

19 Oct 2014 3:53am

@DarkElf: It appears from the range map that this gull is limited to North America. A very common species for my area.

L'Angevine from Angers, France


19 Oct 2014 8:07am

michel creze from le havre, France

Superbe cette lumière !

Superb that light!

20 Oct 2014 10:47am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece


20 Oct 2014 12:07pm

jean pierre from paris, France

beloiseau baigné dans une jolie lumière!! amitiés

20 Oct 2014 4:31pm

Sathya from Chennai, India

WoW. so detailed. and wonderful color.

20 Oct 2014 5:54pm

maedeh ashrafi from kermanshah, hamedan, Iran

Beautiful shot. Excellent.

21 Oct 2014 1:56pm

Sonja from Wörgl, Austria

So fantastic image with a great light !

21 Oct 2014 5:34pm

@Sonja: Thank you, Sonja. I rarely get good light when photographing birds, so I am happy to have this image.

MariianaCapela from Bangkok, Thailand

beautiful picture!

22 Oct 2014 5:42am

@MariianaCapela: Thank you for the comment, Mariiana. I love the dogs on your website!