One for you birders – hello Lynn!!! – adult Black-headed Gull in winter plumage, flying over a Coot, on the freshwater of a local reservoir.

Fieldmarks for the gull: red legs; red, black-tipped bill; the black mark behind the eye; the white blaze on the leading edge of the wing.

And the Coot: actually the Eurasian Coot; prominent white shield on the forehead, and bill white too – and never any red nodules (that’s what the fieldguide calls them!) above the white forehead shield.

Other recent bird pictures are here: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 .

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to open a (rather grainy!) even larger version.

Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens used in APS-C format to give 450mm; 800 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Portrait v2 profile; Herons Green, Chew Valley Lake, Somerset; 18 Oct 2019.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. bluebrightly says:

    Hello back, Adrian! The other day I was in a park at the edge of the island, camera & binocs in hand, scanning the water, when a serious birder walked up with his scope & tripod. He was a very nice guy as it turned out, and he tried to teach me about our local gulls. I confessed to him that gull identification seemed a lot easier on the east coast. Being from NY, he agreed that US east coast gulls are easier to sort out. (I thought, good, I don’t sound totally idiotic). He said a problem here is hybridization, which adds another layer to already confusing winter and sub-adult plumages. I just threw up my hands and said, “Look, there’s a Great blue heron”, and “Hear that oystercatcher?” (easy species on both coasts). 🙂 At least I won’t feel so bad about failing to ID gulls, or not even trying now. Cheers!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Haha, well done you! I continue to love birds very much, but must say that I avoid “serious” birding and birders like the plague – I would HATE to be involved in all of that again, photography is so much more creative and rewarding >>> and the resulting images so much more satisfying than species lists!!! 🙂


  2. paula graham says:

    Lovely little gulls , nice shot.


  3. oneowner says:

    Excellent shot, A!!!


  4. Striking bird, wonderfully caught in flight.


  5. Meanderer says:

    Beautiful action image! I shall look out for the markings when I next see gulls 🙂


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      This is quite a small gull, its flight almost tern-like, not like the bigger Herring and Lesser Black-backed beasts, and neither of those have the blazing white forewing – in spring it gets a dark brown hood – so its not black-headed at all! 🙂


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