Photos By Shawn Weigelt
December 22, 2009
Ediz Hook, Port Angeles, Washington
The large dark mantled Western Gull is one of my favorites. Even in non-breeding plumage, their heads and necks are nearly clean white as compared to the heavy markings of their Glaucous-winged cousins with whom they frequently hybridize. Though gulls are often treated with disgust and disdain by humans, I have a deep admiration for their, “survivability.” They are intelligent and extremely adaptable birds, able to do what needs to be done to survive.
Nikon D80 70-300mm VR, ISO 250, hand held
1) at 300mm, 1/400sec, f/5.6
2) at 200mm, 1/640sec, f/5.3
3) at 195mm, 1/640sec, f/5.3
Notice the Glaucous-winged x Western Gull hybrid in the background and the heavily marked neck and head…
This gull was very relaxed. Here it’s standing on one foot and allowing its wing tips to droop.