Some Gull Action

gull-frackus

Birders come from long distances to Niagara Falls State Park to watch and find various Gulls along the Niagara River. This year they have been coming because at least two uncommon gulls were present. I myself, cannot tell one from another.

gull-drop

There is often minor differences between what is common and what is not, and are only traits an experienced birder can differentiate.

gull-biting-wing

What I like about the gulls is the action on the river. They squawk, fight, steal, mob, and almost drown each other when a fish is caught. It is not unlike eagles in that respect. In the end, there is always a victor.

gull-with-fish

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12 Responses to Some Gull Action

  1. David says:

    Nice high action captures. I like that you had to use a high shutter speed because it helped “freeze” the water. A lot of people seem to like cotton candy water falls and streams but I prefer to see the individual droplets ripples.

  2. Wow! Those photos are so sharp! Great!

  3. Denzil says:

    Nice action shots Donna. I too have difficulties identifying different species of gull. I’m sure I’ve seen some rare ones without realizing.

  4. aussiebirder says:

    Great action shots Donna, gulls are known to fight among themselves, we see it all the time when they surround people having their fish and chips by the water. Yes there are subtle differences with gulls, terns and sandpipers which can make it difficult for the untrained eye. I am not familiar with your northern hemisphere gulls, only the Black Headed, Herring and Common gulls I saw lots of in Britain. Great shot of the gull sporting the fish in its mouth.

  5. I think these shots express well the flurry of gulls going for the food. I compare size, colour of legs wings and bills to determine ID and don’t have my north american guide with me so am remaining curious.

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