This post is a first for our little off-ramp on the Information Highway. Today we have, in a sense, a guest blogger. The pictures contained in this post were actually taken by my wife. As with the previous posts, these were taken up in Davenport IA. We had parked at the rollers on the Mississippi River looking for eagles and she decided to snap a few shots of a flying gull. It actually took a while to identify this particular bird. Previously, we had always referred to them as seagulls. That name was mysteriously missing from the field guides I use. After looking and relooking and re-relooking we have decided to go with a Herring Gull. The beak does not appear to have a strip (ring-billed gull) on it and the range appears to fit.
Although they are often considered the vermin of the airways, these birds do have a certain aura about them that gives the appeal of a heavenly glow. A very pure white with a touch of highlighting like a quill dipped in the inkwell.
While I was trying to identify the species, it occurred to me I couldn’t see his feet (one of the gull types has yellow feet). Guessing the belly is pretty fluffy allowing him to tuck them under for greater aerodynamics – or possibly warmth. I saved the best image for last. I really like this shot and left it a little larger to hopefully show a little more detail. The sunlight radiates through the wings almost to the point of transparency. Personally, I think their quite beautiful, but then again, I do not have to live with the pain of their constant scavenging.
Thanks again to the wife for taking some pretty shots