A Seabird Meditating

Saturday, October 29 | |

Minolta DiMAGE S414, aperture at f8.00, shutter speed at 1/180 sec., focal length of 139mm, no-flash, ISO 64, 10/27/05 at 11:16am

This was taken 2 days ago at Coquille Point, a main part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, by my best friend Alex. The bird you see meditating is a Western Gull, or Larus occidentalis. Western Gulls have the smallest population among all North American gulls, but they are present along the Oregon coast all year round, breeding primarily on islands and offshore rocks. They are described to be one of the most opportunistic feeders and aggressive scavengers, often preying on the young of other nesting seabirds. They can live up to 28 years.


bayi said...

I like this picture. The pensive bird looking out at the seemingly infinite sea, where the waves rolling in the vastness of the seascape, tell a story of the glory of God and Mother Nature.

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