Portrait of a Heermann's Gull

Martin Smart

Nanaimo, Canada

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Featured in “The Birds” October 2010

The Heermann’s Gull has a distinctive appearance when compared to other gull species. Adults have a medium gray body, blackish-gray wings and tail with white edges, and a red bill with a black tip. The head is dusky gray in non-breeding plumage and white in breeding plumage as can be seen in this image. Note also the red eye ring.

Heermann’s Gulls will often steal prey from other seabirds, particularly Brown Pelicans, with whom it often associates

A large majority of the Heermann’s Gull population (some 90%) nest on the Isla Raza (which was declared a sanctuary in 1964) off the east coast of Baja California.

This one was photographed In La Jolla, California.

Canon 20D
1/1600sec f13 ISO 200
EF 70-200 F2.8 IS lens + 1.4x converter

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