Bonaparte’s Gull

Before I started photographing birds, I didn’t pay much attention to them. However, after spending a few weeks at the Shoreline Regional Wildlife Area, I’ve come to appreciate the diversity of birds that call the baylands home.

Part of the fun is identifying the bird. I’ve been using the All About Birds guide from the Cornell Lab or Ornithology. This should be a Bonaparte’s Gull.

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Nikon D800, AF-S VR Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 IF-ED II, ISO 100, 300mm, f/5, 1/400s

The difficulty for a beginner is that two different looking birds could be the same species. On the bird below, its mottled head only contains a trace of black. Yet, it appears to be a Bonaparte’s Gull as well.

Bonaparte's Gull

Nikon D800, AF-S VR Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 IF-ED II, ISO 100, 300mm, f/5, 1/400s

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