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