Not What I Expected
During an early morning kayaking trip on Lake Red Rock I spotted a group of ring-billed gulls. In the outer edges of the many ring-billed gulls was a lone gull of a different persuasion. From the seat of a rocking kayak I wasn’t able to identify the species with certainty. All that I could tell was the bird was different than the ordinary ring-billed gulls that I often see.
The bird provided me with ample opportunities to shoot plenty of pictures useful in identifying the species. When I was off the water and had completed my research, I was able to pinpoint the species to a black-headed gull in the transition from breeding plumage to winter plumage. This was not my first time to see and photograph a black-headed gull, but it was the first time for seeing one in the plumage transition phase.
Since I was close to the ring-billed gulls, I did shoot a couple of pictures of them too.
This was the view of the rising sun over Lake Red Rock that mostly blocked by clouds.
Sunrise Over Lake Red Rock:
My kayak put-in/take-out point was less than ideal. Sometimes a fellow has to adapt to more primitive facilities to access the wildlife.
Old Town Loon 120 Kayak at Lake Red Rock: