Kip’s Comments 11-11-17

Black-headed Gull at Lake Red Rock - Image 472606 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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.   

Black-headed Gull:     

Black-headed Gull at Lake Red Rock - Image 472589 (© Kip Ladage)

Black-headed Gull at Lake Red Rock – Image 472589 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Black-headed Gull at Lake Red Rock - Image 472592 (© Kip Ladage)

Black-headed Gull at Lake Red Rock – Image 472592 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Black-headed Gull at Lake Red Rock - Image 472606 (© Kip Ladage)

Black-headed Gull at Lake Red Rock – Image 472606 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Black-headed Gull at Lake Red Rock - Image 472607 (© Kip Ladage)

Black-headed Gull at Lake Red Rock – Image 472607 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Since I was close to the ring-billed gulls, I did shoot a couple of pictures of them too.   

Ring-billed Gull:         

Ring-billed Gull at Lake Red Rock - Image 472634 (© Kip Ladage)

Ring-billed Gull at Lake Red Rock – Image 472634 (© Kip Ladage)

 

This was the view of the rising sun over Lake Red Rock that mostly blocked by clouds.   

Sunrise Over Lake Red Rock:   

Sunrise Over Lake Red Rock - Image 472559 (© Kip Ladage)

Sunrise Over Lake Red Rock – Image 472559 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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:

Old Town Loon  120 at Lake Red Rock - Image 472636 (© Kip Ladage)

Old Town Loon 120 at Lake Red Rock – Image 472636 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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