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Malibu Lagoon – Lesser Black-backed Gull?

I headed over to Malibu Lagoon State Beach after Todd McGrath reported a 1st cycle Lesser Black-backed Gull on Sunday. I never found the bird, nor did Todd and others that looked on Monday, but I did get some nice crackers of Mew, Glaucous-winged, Bonaparte’s Gull and other goodies.

There were well over 300 gulls on the beach, the most numerous being California and Western, Ring-billed, Glaucous-winged, Bonaparte’s, Mew, Thayer’s in order of magnitude. I counted 25 Snowy Plovers along the Lagoon and many of the other usual suspects.

Snowy Plover
Snowy Plover

Mew Gull
Mew Gull

Bonaparte's Gull
Bonaparte’s Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull

Western Gull
Western Gull exhibiting very “yellow” legs

American Crow
American Crow

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

Glaucous-winged Western Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull (left), Western Gull (right)

 

Posted by on February 21, 2012 in Photography Adventures

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Franklin’s Gull in Malibu

A nice breeding plumaged Franklin’s Gull showed up at Malibu Lagoon a week ago. Being out of town, I did not have time to try and photograph it until today. Since I had a chiropractor appointment in Palisades that afternoon, I decided to head up the PCH a few more miles to try for it.

I arrived to find that they had closed the beach-side parking lot on the North side of the lagoon (for renovations), so I was forced to park near the Ahmanson House at the South side of the lagoon and walk about a 1/2 mile north. It was well worth it as I located the Franklin’s Gull within a few minutes.

Franklin's Gull

The rest of the photos I took, available here.

 

Posted by on April 8, 2008 in Photography Adventures

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