Friday, 12 March 2010

Head On

















I re-visited the Mediterranean Gull's at Holbeck Hill in Scarborough today to see how the summer plumage was coming on after my last photos back in January (see posting of 30 January & 4 February).

Today I went for shots of the gulls on the deck and as the birds were fairly close to the car, I stayed put, I have considerably zoomed in and close cropped but concentrated on the head colourings.

I hope you like this parade of spring bonnets!

12 comments:

Angad Achappa said...

What a fabulous series!! Lovely portraits of the bird!!
Regards,
Angad

Roy said...

Wow, fabulous Med shots Mike.
I havent seen on of these for a long time. There was one locally the other day, but I missed it.

Mike Randall Bird Photography said...

Thanks very much Angad & Roy.
We are blessed that we have these birds returning to precisely the same spot in Scarborough every September to May

Bob Bushell said...

You got them in posture, Mike, really great.

Chris said...

Hi Mike,
The results is just perfect!!! These are crisp, sharp and beautiful!! I love them all and it is funny to see their different stage of plumage!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

What a beauty you got there, the close-ups are great~

The Early Birder said...

Great series of 'bonnet' development. Well done Mike.

Linda Yarrow said...

I don't think I have ever seen a Mediterranean Gull. What is the main difference between the Black-headed gull and the mediterranean gull?

Mike Randall Bird Photography said...

Thanks Bob, Chris, Mary and Frank.
Linda an adult Black Headed Gull actually has a chocolate hood which ends at the back of the crown. A Med gull has a true black hood which extends down the neck. It has white 'eyelids' and in close up a red ring round the eye.

Linda Yarrow said...

Thankyou Mike:-)

Matt Latham said...

Nice images Mike; great birds.

Mike Randall Bird Photography said...

Thanks Matt