Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

November 20, 2011

Glaucous-winged Gull – another AZ Rarity

Filed under: Birds, rarities — richditch @ 7:56 pm
Glaucous-winged Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Its been very interesting for birders in central AZ over the past few weeks. I’ve recently posted about the invasion of Surf Scoters, and the single Black-legged Kittiwake we got to enjoy for about a week.

Now the action has turned to other rare gulls in another location – the so-called Glendale Recharge ponds on the northwest side of metro Phoenix. Found among the assorted ducks and shorebirds, with a handful of expected Ring-billed Gulls, was this Glaucous-winged Gull.

Glaucous-winged Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

I made two visits – the first was on a morning with heavy overcast that made photography difficult. These images were made on November 18, 2011, in morning light under clear skies.

Glaucous-winged Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

All images: nikon D300, Nikkor 300/2.8 AF-S lens with TC20E (2x) converter, ISO 400, Gitzo tripod.

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  1. Rich,

    You and many other people are getting to see some fairly rare birds the past couple of weeks. Congrats on this one!

    Comment by Mia McPherson — November 24, 2011 @ 2:28 pm


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