|This is an adult. The mottled gray combinations are characteristic of juveniles, and this is a characteristic adult coloring on the Oregon coast.|
|Second Series from Hammond, OR|
Seagulls can be interesting topics of photography. As birds go they are fairly easy subjects. They are large birds (at least compared to canaries), generally unafraid of people, are found in well lit locations with nice backdrops as in along the beach. While many birds live somewhat defensively lurking in the shadows, the gulls are found in the open. All this makes for easy photography. While some of these photos were taken with my 600mm lens, many others were taken with a 60-250 zoom hand held. The 600 clearly needs a tripod, though I used a gimbal head allowing fairly quick motion. With good lighting and a fairly high ISO I was able to get good shutter speeds managing the shake issues, though I used the Pentax shake reduction technology, as I did not use a remote release or mirror lock up
All of the first series were taken from the west side of the Siuslaw River near the mouth looking east towards Florence.
The second series were found in the park at Hammond, Oregon