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Great Black-backed Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

It has been a few weeks since I have gone out and done some real birding. I ended up taking the day off of work and took this opportunity to have Jordon show me around to some of his favorite birding spots. So, today I was up along Lake Erie with the hopes of adding a few species to my 2006 year list(which I did do). I will post our results tomorrow once I get a chance to edit more photos.

Fight for the fish

The Great Black-backed Gull’s was a species that I have been dieing to photograph for some time and never expected to find some putting on a show for us. Luckily we found a few of these guys right along the road fighting over a fish. I figured they deserved their own posting and as you can see I was very happy with how these shots turned out.


They are easily identified by their black back and one of our largest gulls seen around the Great Lakes. They have a very deep voice and these guys made me wish I had my sound recording equipment on me to get a recording.

with the fish taking a bite

I am soo glad that I wasn’t that fish they kept on fighting over.

6 responses

  1. Sounds like a fun day! Congrats on getting a new lifer! Yay!! Nice photos – I can’t believe you got them fighting over a fish. Better than fighting over you or your food, for sure. It’s irritating when I picnic by Lake Ontario and the gulls want my entire lunch. You would really want to record these guys?

    29 December 2006 at 9:43 am

  2. Dinali

    Fantastic show they gave you.
    Glad you had the chance to explore birding sites.

    29 December 2006 at 10:55 am

  3. Lucky you, and great photos! GBBG would be a lifer for me. Unfortunately the past week and the next few weeks are going to be spent remodelling our kitchen rather than birding 😦

    29 December 2006 at 11:30 am

  4. Thanks naturewoman – they were just year birds, its been many years since I have gotten a lifer! Thanks and was fun watching them fight over the fish!
    Dinali – they sure did and wish I could explore more often!
    Adam – sorry to hear about your lack of birding, but get that kitchen done quickly so you can get out!

    29 December 2006 at 7:06 pm

  5. Marg

    Oh I missed this too, how do I keep missing these things? I love these shots! They are amazing, a lifer and wonderful shots of them-a double bonus.

    2 January 2007 at 10:31 am

  6. Marg- sorry you missed them! They stick out easily! !Hope you see them in the near future!

    2 January 2007 at 10:55 pm

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