Just Above Sunset
Volume 5, Number 10
March 11, 2007

Bold Bird

 The world as seen from Just Above Sunset -

"Notes on how things seem from out here in Hollywood..."

Immediate Free Hood Ornament

Park at the lot just above the north side of the Manhattan Beach pier and receive an immediate free hood ornament.  Turned off the engine, reached down to grab some quarters for the meter, and this guy decided to offer that service.  He (or she) wouldn't move.  This is a shot through the windshield.

Gull on hood of Mini Cooper, Manhattan Beach, California

Posing on the hood -

Gull on hood of Mini Cooper, Manhattan Beach, California
Gull on hood of Mini Cooper, Manhattan Beach, California

Ten onlookers -

Pigeons on a wire, Manhattan Beach, California
Gull on hood of Mini Cooper, Manhattan Beach, California

If you use any of the California photos for commercial purposes I assume you'll discuss that with me.

These were shot with a Nikon D70 - using lens (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300mm telephoto, or after 5 June 2006, (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor, 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0

The original large-format raw files are available upon request.

Note from a reader -

This appears to be a first-winter Heermann's gull. From Sibley's Guide -

    A distinctive spieces: dark and unpatterned. About the size of Ring-billed Gull but stockier.

    This unique Pacific species is almost exclusively coastal. With its dark plumage, pointed wings and habit of chasing other seabirds to steal food, it is often mistaken for a jaeger.

This appears to be a young (first-winter) bird. Adult gets more gull-like light/dark coloring.

[Bold Bird]

Last updated Saturday, March 10, 2007, 10:30 pm Pacific Time

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