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Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)

Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-01-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-01-27 21:25
Viewed: 1580
Points: 6
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i found this Gull at Duxbury beach.. during my recent (also first) visit to the place.

many Snowy Owls, this year, have migrated to Massachusetts. birders here, are quite excited about that. i went to Duxbury beach, for Snowy Owls only.. no luck with that yet, but found many waterfowls! :):)

and God!! it was sooo cold! :O
are you planning to visit the beaches of New England in winter? you must know how to keep yourself really warm :D
[well i know many of you are far serious than that.. studying/ studied wildlife in Arctic zones even.. hats off!]

well yes.. coastal region can give you your desired break (birds) from this cold, dark, monotonous, long winter!
otherwise? survive on feeders :/

that day.. my right hand fingers (without a glove.. as was taking shots) suddenly started bleeding! :D they became hard, were paining.. as if to burst, turned red and then blood started coming out from the tips! :O
first such experience, so felt like sharing :)

here is a Gull.. i couldn't identify.
can anyone help pls?

thanks for viewing :)

March 5, 2014
thank you Peter & Ron, for confirming the ID.

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Is this a Thayer's Gull?
Nice well captured image with good colour and detail.
A link about the Thayer's gull

best wishes

Hello Ruby,
In my opinion this is an almost full grown Herring Gull, larus argentatus.
Nice photo in good sharpness and natural colours. Attractive pose with eye contact.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-01-28 17:26]

Hello Ruby,
Great to see you are still in the States and getting out and about. You have photographed this fine looking gull in an attractive relaxed pose. Nice sharp focus and perfect white balance to show it's plumage off in their true colors.
I too believe this is a Herring Gull after reading up on them in one of my guide books as well as online. It seems the Herring is quite common in the Eastern as well as the Western Costal areas. The California is a rare guest to the East Coast and so is the Thayer's.
The Herring has a much stouter and longer bill then the Thayer and the Herrings eye is a pale color where as the Thayer's is usually darker. The Herring also has a flatter forehead then the Thayer's. Here is a link if you care to check it out.
PS. I too would love to see a Snowy Owl:) The only owls I ever see are just rare occurrences.

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