Just another WordPress.com site

Posts tagged “ring-billed gull

Long Shots of the first Arrivals I have seen this Year

Went for a drive to three locations today, two in the city and one at a provincial park  to see what may be arriving.It was a pleasant surprise. I did not get a shot, but rather a quick glimpse of a small group, maybe a dozen, of white birds with black wings, they may have been snow geese. (I was driving).These sightings made for a great day and it was hot and sunny to boot.Some of these photos are not the first I have seen this year, i.e. Ring-billed Gull and Canada Geese

pictures 061-2

Canada Geese in Tandempictures 014-2

unmistakable pose of a displaying male Goldeneyepictures 095-2

Female Merlin

pictures 106-3

A Pair of Northern Shovellers (sorry I couldn’t get the female in the photo)

pictures 111-2

Female Mallard

pictures 025

Male Mallard

pictures 029-2

A Pair of Common Merganzerspictures 085-2

Red-Necked Grebepictures 045

The Three Tenors

These three were very vocal in their expressions, now that they have come back to the province, always consider gulls a harbinger of spring.

pictures 082

They were resplendent in their breeding plumage and their three part harmony astounding. Take a bow, gentlemen!pictures 083


The chickadees are more approachable as are the squirrels and gulls as they gather food  and seek handouts. These are favourites of a young Ring-billed Gull, a  Black-capped Chickadee and a Red Squirrel seen in the parks in the city. I did not feed them, they just came to check me out and let me take their photo..

pictures 063-2 pictures 121-2 pictures 108-2

A Big Swallow

No, I am not talking about a large size of bird species, I am referring to the large chunks of bread that was thrown to the birds at the park. The people were happily feeding their feathered friends but I wonder if they would have shown some restraint if they saw this one struggling with its bounty.This young Ring-billed gull got the prize but I am curious what it was thinking as it seemed uncomfortable with the morsel it caught.Bread is not good for birds, but tell that to the birds, or to the people who feed them.

pictures 090-2 pictures 096-2 pictures 094-2 pictures 095-2

Ring-billed Gulls and a Surprise

The gulls’ voices were echoing in the sky for a few days so I went to the park to get up close. Here is  a nice photo of one proud adult in breeding plumage. I also took a few shots of the geese hanging out at a big puddle that temporarily serves as a pond. Something showed up in post processing that was not apparent in the initial scene. Surprise! It was the presence of a male mallard, maybe two.  Welcome back, ducks!


1/1250 sec@f/5.6 ISO 400, 240 mm


1/200 sec @f/7.1, ISO 400, 190 mm

I Want to Be in Pictures!

This is one gull who walked back and forth in front of us, showing off his “stuff”. Nothing 

shy about this one. he is an immature ring-billed gull.Image

ImageImageImageImage Image ImageImage


By the Lake Park, Wetaskiwin, Alberta

I rendezvoused with a friend here on my day off for a walk around this pretty lake .It was nice to see the birds again, has been a long time since I have seen any. There were a few hold-outs among the geese, an adolescent ring-billed gull that posed for us and a double-crested cormorant.






As you saw in the first picture, the leaves are changing colour. But let’s not rush things!


Touching Down

While at Elk Island National Park the other Day, I was observing different activities and practising panning the camera as birds flew by. This black-ringed gull touched down quickly one, two, three times then flew up. I followed it and was happy to get the ripples left behind where it had touched down as well as its reflection. Taken with 300mm zoom. Also got a shot of a red-necked grebe in grebe bay at Astotin Lake, alittle difficult to capture in the afternoon glow where the light was harsh..


©Jane Chesebrough

My! How the Young Ones are Growing

©Jane Chesebrough

Caught this ring-billed gull going into the pond and I liked the reflection and backlighting. It is a first year gull , when it is fully grown it will have grey and white feathers. I wonder if he can see his reflection in the water?

H.J. Ruiz - Avian101

"My Backyard Visitors" - All about birds - The world is my backyard!


my wonderful homeland

Backyard Bird Nerd

"Consider the birds of the air...."





That and a little bit of this

My name is Meg and in my blog I share my thoughts and philosophy of life and faith.

The Immortal Jukebox

A Blog about Music and Popular Culture

Tofino Photography

Professional Wildlife, Landscape and Seascape Photography

Tom's Nature-up-close Photography and Mindfulness Blog

Mindfulness, Philosophy, Spirituality, Meditation, Awareness, Religion, Nature Photography


The adventures of an almost outdoorsman...

Laura Bruno Lilly

The road ends, but the journey continues...


wings and things

Steve Boer Photography

Mostly wildlife and nature with a few random things thrown in

Nature and Wildlife Pics

Photos of Birds, Bugs, and Buds


What Comes Next?

Joshi Daniel Photography

Photoblog of Joshi Daniel

Dan Jurak's Alberta Landscape Photo Blog

Musings on photographing the Alberta landscape.