Clearwater Beach - Ring Billed Gull

November 19, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Ringed Bill Gull

Another species of gull found on Clearwater Beach was the Ring Billed Gull. Similar to our Herring Gull, but smaller and more buoyant in flight, it is characterised by a black ring around its bill. It also has yellowish / greenish legs in contrast to the pink legs of the Herring Gull.

Ring Billed GullRing Billed GullClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

Ring Billed GullRing Billed GullClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

The adult birds have yellow bills, whereas the juveniles' beaks are pink.

Ring Billed GullRing Billed GullClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

But again it was the flight images that I was most pleased with, with the birds standing out against the clear blue sky.

Ring Billed GullRing Billed GullClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

Ring Billed GullRing Billed GullClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

Ring Billed GullRing Billed GullClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

Ring Billed GullRing Billed GullClearwater Beach, Florida, USA  

The Ring Billed Gull has a lot more black on the underside of its primary feathers than the Herring Gull, as can be seen clearly on this final image

Ring Billed GullRing Billed GullClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

 

For more images of Ring Billed Gulls please go to the gallery here


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