Sunday, February 6, 2011
Seagulls - St. John's, Newfoundland (The Big Three!)
I have included a tail shot of each of these gulls because it is often this view that is seen when watching them at QV. There are many walkers, dogs, bird feeders and photographers that are regularly present at the water's edge. Then there is the Bald Eagle that frequently flies into the airspace often flushing all of the gulls.
A more knowledgeable birder will be able to tell by the shape, size and number of marking on each of the feathers. I don't think I will ever attain that level of know-how but I will continue to listen an learn. I have certainly had more success in identifying gulls this year over last year. Maybe next year I will be able to focus on the look of the immature gulls.
For visitors to our "birdy" city, just being able to see these three birds is very exciting.