Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! Things have been busy around Brianland lately thanks to some creative work going on in the Halloween Decoration arena, Project Auunoooold activities (yes, that effort is STILL going on) and. of course. the general holiday gatherings and such. As a result, my throughput on the Blog has suffered a little and for that I apologize. I was a little shocked today when I looked at the calendar and noticed a) I only had three posts so far this month and b) there wasn’t a whole lot of boxes left on there. Good thing is whenever I get in a bind I can always put a bird post out and that is exactly what we are going to do today. Ladies and gentlemen I introduce you to…
The “laughing” Gull. Actually, that isn’t the technical name of this bird (thus the quoting), but thought it would be a clever play on the picture above. It does look like it is having a fun time hanging out on the shores of the Mississippi River. Linda and I were up there on a shoot in the Quad Cities. For the curious, the Laughing Gull pretty much hangs out along the Southeast coast of the US which puts it out of range for this particular shot.
I was out taking some shots along the shore when noticed this specimen foraging alone. Usually I don’t spend much time on the Gulls because of their abundance and the number of times I’ve been given rude looks by locals who spot me giving them any attention at all – one things is for sure, shoreline locals HATE the Gull and don’t appreciate it when they see someone that might be encouraging them to hang around for any length of time (this especially refers to people on Mackinac Island who openly chastised me for taking a picture of Gull there – I looked at them, listened to their whine and then continued shooting but good to know where they stand).
Hit the jump to read more about this colorful Gull.