Black- Tailed Gull
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|“In Flight” is the name of this photo of a rare visitor, a Black- Tailed Gull. This very rare visitor from East Asia is about the same size as a Ring-billed Gull. In adult plumage, which it attains in four years, the mantle is a bit darker than that of the Western Gull and the tail shows a prominent dark band just above the white tail tip. The yellow bill has a red ring close to the tip with a black ring behind it. The eye and the legs are yellow.|
Black-tailed Gull is found along coastlines from far eastern Russia south to China, Japan, and Korea. It is a vagrant to Alaska and also farther south along the coasts of North America as far as the U.S.–Mexico border, mostly on the Atlantic side. Washington’s only accepted record was from the mouth of Willapa Bay (Pacific County), where it was seen intermittently from August to October 2004. California also has a single record, as does British Columbia.
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- [2011-02-14 14:40]
Successful in-flight photography, great timing and pose, vivid contrast, beautiful blue tones. Well chosen composition.