Franklin's Gull at Red Deer Lake
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Franklin's Gulls (Larus pipixcan) have returned to Red Deer Lake -- that's a small, marshy area off Hwy. 22X, just west of Spruce Meadows. If it's like last year, there will soon be 1,000 or more of these gulls at that location. In the spring, Franklin's Gulls come up mainly from South America to the three Canadian prairie provinces, and a few U.S states just south of there, in order to breed (from the iBird Explorer Canada iPod/iPhone app). Apparently, these gulls typically lay "three buff, olive or brown eggs with brown and black markings." They are laid on a "floating platform built above the water and lined with fine grass and plant down." The iBird Explorer app goes on to say that incubation takes "18 to 25 days and is carried out by both parents."|
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I love your soaring capture of this Franklin's Gull. They are such a pretty bird with nice markings. He looks great against the blue sky. I saved a Franklin's Gull once. I saw one in a ditch along Symon's Valley Road in the NW. I could see he was hurt so I turned around a captured him. At that time there was a wildlife recovery place near Spy Hill Jail, so I took him there. He bit my finger the whole way.
- [2010-04-21 1:00]
Fine image of this gull in flight. tfs.
Hello John! Amazing gull, wonderful flight. Nice background. Very nice lightness and colours. Perfect exposure. Good sharpness. Interesting note. Well done!
excellent in-flight shot of Franklin's Gull with the fine POV
from under the bird, also excellent framing with leaving
that very good free space in-front, superbly focused
with great sharpness and details, TFS