“As The World Terns”, Featuring Flamboyant Laughing Gull

Equipment Info
Canon Canon EOS 5D Mark III
12643856/1000000 sec. / ISO 1600
Nearest Area
Hecksher State Park
East Islip
Brief Directions
Take the southern State Pkwy 'til the end, which is the park. Drive slowly until reach Field 6, but only after prolonged heavy rains.
Canon 5D Mark III; Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 Di VC USD; Gitzo GT2542 Mountaineer Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod; Manfrotto 494 Center Ballhead with 200PL-PRO Quick Release Plate
After prolonged heavy rains, a freshwater pool accumulates over mud and grass at field 6 in Heckscher State Park, Long Island, NY. Terns, 4 species of gulls and numerous other shore birds are attracted to wash and perform daily activities. In early and mid-summer it is breeding season for the Laughing Gulls, whose beaks turn a magnificent cherry red. Sitting in the parking lot in my car, I love to watch the Avian Soap Opera, "As The World Terns", featuring all the shore birds. In this episode, it was unclear, whether after bathing with some other Laughing Gulls, this gull standing with wings flamboyantly spread, was merely drying off, or making threatening gestures to the others to clear out of his territory!
Date Added
July 6, 2019
Date Taken
June 22, 2019