The Ring-billed Gull (44)
|Hello dear friends, here is a in-flight shot of the Ring-billed Gull,|
the focus on the bird and sharpness are not at 100% but again
it is a image that i love the reason why i post it, if you already
noticed these birds that sometimes are hateful,
in their flights they are sometimes graceful
from the Seattle Aubudon Society website :
« A medium-sized, white-headed gull, the Ring-billed Gull
appears similar to the Herring and California Gulls, but is smaller,
with a shorter bill that has a broad, black ring around it.
The Ring-billed Gull is slightly larger and bulkier than the Mew Gull.
The white body and tail, slate-gray back and wings, and black
wingtips with large, white spots (windows), typical of most gulls,
are all present on the Ring-billed Gull. The juvenile is mottled
brown mixed with adult plumage characteristics. It has pink legs
and a pink bill with a dark tip. As the bird matures, the legs
turn yellow, and the bill becomes yellow with a black ring.
The adult's eye is also yellow. The adult in non-breeding
plumage has brown streaking on its head. The Ring-billed Gull
takes three years to reach maturity.
Like most gulls, Ring-billed Gulls are gregarious, adaptable,
and opportunistic. They do much of their feeding on land,
but also forage while wading, swimming, or flying. These gulls spend
a considerable amount of time scavenging and often steal food
from other birds. They congregate at sewage ponds and
in agricultural fields, where they follow plows,
picking up insects and small rodents. »