For a number of reasons yesterday was the first time this year we got out on the boat. I'm guessing that it was the last day this year we got out on the boat. The big loon flock that stages some years off Lakeside seemed to have moved on, we only saw the winter resident Red-throats. We were able to chum in good numbers of gulls which would frequently move past inside of comfortable camera range. There wasn't a ton of diversity of species, but there were a handful of Thayer's class birds over the day.
This juvenile stopped by briefly and landed quite backlit so I only had a handful of shots at it.
Next is a 3rd winter bird.
I like this next shot mainly for the way the wings are catching the air; you can get a sense of the curvature that gives them lift.
Finally an adult bird...
Other pics I've posted ... adult Thayers Gull (also from boat last year), and a Thayer's type.
And coming soon to a blog near you, (drumroll please), a different dark-mantled hybird!!!