Portrait of a Herring Gull

I took this earlier this month during my annual pilgrimage to Kiptopeke. Though Herring Gulls aren’t uncommon, I usually try to get a few shots when I see them, as I find them to be handsome birds. I particularly like this shot’s perfect angle allowing sight of the sky right through the nares (nostrils).

Bonus: If you’ve ever wondered about that red spot on a gull’s bill, here’s a short audio story about it from BirdNote.org that you might enjoy.

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Louis Shackleton is an intimate portraiture artist and wildlife photographer formerly based in Wilmington, NC. After 3 years of traveling the continent in his 2001 VW Passat, he's now settled in Seattle, Washington.

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