Ring-Billed Gull in Flight

Doing a flyby over the Tsawwassen Ferry Causeway at very close range on an early and blustery Friday afternoon was this adult Ring-Billed Gull. I found that the downstroke to be even more dramatic than the upstroke, and it also helps draw the shadows away from the subject’s face.

Ring-Billed Gull in Flightif this flyer got any closer, I would be getting a blurred bird-in-flight photo!
f/6.3, 1/1000, 70-300mm telephoto lens, 180mm, ISO 125

With the exception of Bonaparte’s Gulls, Mew Gulls, and Ring-Billed Gulls, I’m not good at distinguishing gull species of the Pacific Northwest from a distance. I’m used to seeing Ring-Billed Gulls in the winter, so sighting one in the middle of summer is a bit strange. Photographed on July 17.

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