This week I’ve been practicing with my new camera on a lively group of Bonaparte’s gulls (Chroicocephalus philadelphia). They’re great subjects — gliding, banking, dropping to the water, rising with a morsel — doing it all close to me, elegantly and not too quickly.
Bonaparte’s gulls have migrated from Alaska and northern Canada to spend the winter along the U.S. west coast to Baja (also in the U.S. southeast). The group I’ve been photographing has taken up residence in Monterey at El Estero (a small lagoon on the coast). These birds don’t have the black heads of breeding season.
These little gulls may stay a while or move on. In the meantime, here they are on the wing.