984 Finally one for my bird loving friends of the Camera Club of Brevard in Melbourne, FL. This herring gull was flying alongside the ferry as we returned from Martha’s Vineyard to the mainland. It was squawking loudly, and was close enough to allow me to get a decent photo of it with its mouth open.
After spending hours at Tosohatchee Arnold and I drove to the Click Ponds, where I practiced my bird-in-flight photography more. I'm quite sure (but not certain) that this is a ring-billed gull. Short body, long thin wings: sure looks like a glider to me.
"Did someone mention food?" inquires this unidentified gull. (Identifying gulls is a difficult task. There are a number of very similar species. Also, the young ones take years to mature, and they change their appearance as they grow, so some juveniles often look like adults of other species. I'll let somebody else with more patience than I identify this bird.)