As I was getting ready to take this picture, a gentleman birdwatcher came up and told me he had counted over 800 seagulls in this colony! Not all are in this shot, of course. The birds were gathered on a sandbar where the waters of Esquimalt Lagoon enter the Strait of Juan de Fuca, near Victoria,Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The lagoon is a protected bird sanctuary and attracts large collections of geese, swans, ducks, herons and many other migratory birds that stay over the winter because of the mild climate. The gulls are probably the normal residents.
You can see a great blue heron standing in the water at the right-hand edge of the photo.
Feb. 17, 2011
Sony DSCF828 camera
1/200, F 4.0, ISO 100, 51mm.
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