Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bonaparte's Gull at Quidi Vidi Lake

 In recent years, it has become more and more difficult to get a really good look at a Bonaparte's Gull.
Pier 17 is the usual "haunt" of the Black-headed Gulls and the periodic visiting Bonaparte's Gull. Since the security fence went up around the pier a couple of years back, viewing them can be tricky.
 For some reason, a Bonaparte's Gull and a small flock of Black-headed Gulls have taken a liking to Quidi Vidi Lake. Maybe it is the temporary fence erected around "The Rower" that provides the extra safety they seek.
 While Bonaparte's have been seen at this lake before, it is not an everyday occurrence.  So taking advantage of this turn of events, I spent some time at the lake on the last warm/no-wind day we had.
 I was able to really study this small gull and note how different it is from the Black-headed Gulls.
 Having said that, I must say how much I also enjoyed the Black-headed Gulls, both immature and mature.
These birds are very active and are staying close to shore. While the light of the day was dull, these photos suffice to show just how engaging they really are.

1 comment:

  1. The 2nd photo is my favorite! I haven't seen any comparison photo showing all the field mark so clearly. Well done! Thank you for sharing, Lisa :)