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With all the recent rain, most pond levels are higher than normal, attracting more than their fair share of water birds including the local seagulls who are usually found congregating along the coastal shoreline.  

It was nice to get a chance to observe the gulls away from the pounding of ocean waves. And to me, they seemed more relaxed in this serene, fresh water environment.

Seeing Double

“Seeing Double” (Seagull with Reflection) Nikon D300, 340mm (80-200mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/16, 1/400s, -0.7EV, ISO 400

I was able to get pretty close to the group and was delighted to see this very colorful gull enjoying a leisurely swim. With only a slight breeze to ruffle the surface, the bird’s bright colors were beautifully reflected in the dark water.  

A perfect cap to a really lovely day! 🙂


  1. I see a lot of them in city parking lots – go figure.

    • Ha! Yes, I suppose I do, too (especially at the food places), but that doesn’t count! 😉

  2. Ahh, yes, VERY nice reflection!

  3. Very calm looking gull. That is a rarity. Nice color and DOF. With everyone going ga-ga over bokeh these days, I still prefer a lot of DOF for shots like this.

    • Thank you, Scott. Yes, it was rare to see all the gulls in a rather calm state. I’ll admit – I had gotten inot a bokeh rut, myself. In this case, I thought the rippling of the water and the reflected light were worth capturing. Glad you liked it! 🙂

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