Last weekend I discovered a flock of Bonaparte’s Gulls that had stopped at our local lake during their spring migration. I posted a few of my better shots then and am continuing with more photographs from that event today.
These birds were quite docile allowing me to bring the boat to within a few feet of them while photographing from different lighting angles. On this occasion a number of the birds took off nearly in unison. The bright morning sun lit the birds perfectly during takeoff silhouetting them perfectly against the shadowed shoreline.
This little gull, deciding to join its mates resting on the water, gave me a beautiful pass shot as it came in for a landing.
Only when reviewing the images did I notice that this bird was flying straight ahead while turning its head turned upside down. I am well aware that gulls are masters of the air but this is an incredible feat that I did not expect even from these agile acrobats of the air.
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Coy, these shots are stunning! I can just imagine being in the boat as that group took off. Breathtaking!
That last shot is so unique.This is the joy of photography.
That first shot is beautiful! Lot of action and I'd say definitely magazine worthy.
I've spent time looking at that last shot and my neck hurts. I had no idea any bird was capable of that. Nice capture.
Fabulous captures of the gulls in flight. Very nice !
I hope you have noticed, I have, that your photos on this blog and this color just pops off every time I come here.
It also helps that the top picture is perfect.
Wow - that last shot made me do a double-take! Great capture!
Fantastic images of the seagulls. BTW, I love your new header, awesome!
Splendid Coy.. I love the third shot a lot, very funny... The background on all your last pictures is just plain awesome!!
Not seen that interesting element of arial acrobatics before. Thanks for sharing Coy.
Amazing pics. That top one with the dark shoreline behind the gulls is very good.
Nice series, and the first shot is really spectacular.
Great shots, it looks like that bird is upside down when you first look at it.
I thought the little guy was flying upside down! Perhaps he/she was "under the influence."
That first shot is outstanding, and the last shot made me laugh out loud - what a neat capture.
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