Saturday, September 29, 2012

Bonaparte's Gull/Camera Critters

 Bonaparte's gull, landing

Until I started birding, I had no idea how many different varieties of gulls there are right here in Ontario.  This gull is nothing like the noisy, bossy ring-billed gulls most commonly found along the shore of Lake Ontario. Usually these gulls are well mannered and quiet unless they spy a yummy school of fish.

 Landed
Bonaparte's gulls are now migrating southward to the Atlantic coast. If the winter is mild, however, some will remain on the north side of Lakes Ontario and Erie.

Closeup of Bonaparte's gull in winter dress

To see many more critters, visit Misty Dawn at CAMERA CRITTERS 

27 comments:

Snowcatcher said...

I love the stop-action in that first shot, but all of them are wonderful, as always. We have a plethora of gulls and Canada geese, and although some of them have gone south, many do stick around. It's always fun to go looking for them (and feeding them) when we get a big dump of 18 inches or more.

Dianne said...

so graceful!
and the reflections are amazing too

Kate said...

They are also more attractive than the ones around Lake Michigan.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great pics, Love the texture on the water on the last one.

Buttons said...

Oh you are so knowlegeble and I must say an awesome photographer. Great shots. B

Lowell said...

Great shots! In the third shot the gull looks quite pleased with himself after making such a smooth landing!

NewMexiKen said...

I love the texture of the water and the gull action!

Deanna said...

The last shot with the ripples and movement of the water is a beauty!!

Paul in Powell River said...

They've just started making their appearance here on the left coast also, some carry on further south, but a good number stay the winter. One of the nicer of the many gulls.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Great action shots and reflections!

Judy said...

I love that first capture!! And the way you have cropped it, so the reflection is all there!!

Lois Evensen said...

Incoming! Great shots of the landing. :)

bailey-road.com said...

Pretty smooth landing!

Snap said...

I'm a lover of gulls -- any kind. I like watching their antics. Your bonapartes gull is a handsome guy.

Pia said...

Wonderful photo series of the gull with the water reflection!

RedPat said...

Great shots of this guy. The things we learn from blogging!

DeniseinVA said...

Wonderful post, I have never heard of the Bonaparte Gull before either.

Kathy said...

Now you're going to make me find out why they're called Bonaparte's gulls! Do they have a Napoleon complex?

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Lovely shots.I know the focus should be on the gull,but I do love the water reflections and ripples.

Terri Buster said...

Nice shots- I love the second one.

Genie said...

They look so different when in flight. In the water they look so small...in fllight so large. Great captures. genie

Chubskulit Rose said...

Beautifully captured!

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Rohrerbot said...

I've never seen that gull before. A little more fancy than the rest:)

ladyfi said...

Good action shots!

Cezar and Léia said...

Great landing!
God bless you!
Cezar

LONDONLULU said...

I love the action sequence and the beautiful ripples. It's a wonderful looking creature :)

edenhills said...

Beautiful captures!

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