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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Herring Gull

Herring Gull, adult

Herring Gull

Herring Gull and Bald Eagle

Speaking of Gulls, another gull that was very plentiful when we were birding in Acadia National Park, ME was the Herring Gull. Gull ID is a long story (we'll save it for our new field guide coming out in Oct. which has THE most extensive gull section), and most people we saw in Acadia just called every gull a "sea gull". Top photo is an adult Herring Gull. My favorite photo of our trip is the one with the Herring Gull and the Bald Eagle, we saw flying over one of the lakes in the park. The gull was actually diving at the eagle and continually calling. What guts! This is such a great size comparison. Shows you just how big a Bald Eagle is. The Herring Gull has a wingspan of 58 inches, the eagle's is 80 inches. It's also a great comparison of wing width, length and shape of the two birds. You can learn a lot just by looking at that photo.

1 comment:

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That is an amazing picture of the two birds. I look forward to your new field guide,especially if it would help with Gull ID.I have many other guides already,so another one would be a perfect fit.