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Franklin's and Glaucous Gulls - December 19, 2011

Franklin's and Glaucous Gulls at Blue Marsh Lake, Berks County, PA
 
The beach at the Dry Brooks Day Use Area at Blue Marsh Lake has been a collection point for roosting gulls recently, and the numbers of Herring and Ring-billed Gulls there have recently been in the thousands (mostly Ring-billed, of course). Along with these have come a few rarities, most notably a Franklin's Gull (Berks' second), and a Glaucous Gull. Both of these are shown below on the afternoon of the 19th. There were also three Lesser Black-backed Gulls present that day. The scene reminded me of the gull situation in Pittsburgh, where the makeup is almost identical at times in late December and again in February: thousands of Ring-billed, a hundred or so Herring, a Glaucous, a Lesser Black-backed or two, and a Franklin's. Wait, scratch that last one... just daydreaming now.

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Canon 1DMkIV, 500mm f/4L + 2x TC III, 1/400 sec. at f/8 (manual), ISO 1600, tripod

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Canon 1DMkIV, 500mm f/4L + 2x TC III, 1/400 sec. at f/8 (manual), ISO 1250, tripod

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