A Brown Pelican joins Cormorants, Gulls and Black Oystercatchers on this prime nesting rock in the ocean off Avila Beach, California. He then gets harassed by the Gulls (who have babies nesting on the rock) and flies off to dive for fish.
This Heermann’s Gull (2nd cycle) was enjoying the sunset at Morro Beach Strand in Morro Bay. Photography at sunset produces some of the best photos I think as opposed to shooting between noon – 4pm during very bright sunlight. Shooting in the fog is also a challenge.
No other common Gull possesses a red bill – making it easy to identify Heermann’s Gull. They are also the darkest of the common gulls. Heermann’s Gulls kleptoparasitize Brown Pelicans by snatching fish from their pouches. Brown Pelicans are so successful at catching fish, Heermann’s Gulls are thus more likely to attack them. Such is the life a bird!