Nature clicks #70 - Ring-billed Gulls

Ring-billed Gull 1
Nikon D300s, Sigma 50-500mm / f4.5-6.3 APO DG HSM

As promised I will tell you a little more about my photo shoot last Monday. A little further south from the Green Island Wetlands, on an island in the Mississippi River, lies the town of Sabula, Iowa. There is always a good chance to see some eagles, gulls, geese, or ducks in this area. The water that is not directly effected by the current of the big river was frozen over, despite the still unusual mild weather we have. The ice in the Sabula marina was thin but gave some Ring-billed Gulls a chance to rest and enjoy the warmth of the late afternoon sun. The first photo is my favorite of the three in this post. I was  happy to get this shot of the gull during take off. The gulls allowed me to practice my panning technique and they are a great subject because there is always one that is on the move.

Ring-billed Gull 2

Dark clouds moved in and were reflected by the ice, as you can see in the two other images. The low sun, coming already from underneath the clouds, made for absolute killer light. These are the moments I'm looking for, even if I have to wait a whole day. Time well spent in the Great Outdoors….!

Ring-billed Gulls 3
Nikon D300s, Sigma 50-500mm / f4.5-6.3 APO DG HSM