Photo of the Week #49 - Perched Herring Gull

December 07, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

The Photo of the Week is posted every Monday.  Each photo aims to document the things I've seen, places I've been and all sorts of curious things I have encountered as I go about my daily activities.  Along with the photo I will provide some background and interesting facts about the image and some technical information as well.

 

 

This photo of a herring gull perched on the pilings of a dock was taken while I was on a nice morning walk on Cuttyhunk Island.  Adult herring gulls are grey, black and white so I immediately knew that this particular bird was a juvenile based on his color.  Perhaps he thought I was going to put out some food or something because he was watching me very closely as I paused to reach for my camera.  I took advantage of the opportunity and captured this photo as he stood there in profile.  As I walked away he squawked loudly as if to say, "Gee, thanks for nothing!"  I resumed my walk and then turned around and my new little friend had vanished.

 

Equipment and Settings

Canon 40D
1/1600 sec at f7.1, ISO 400
Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS USM lens set at 185mm


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