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Rare Gulls - October 2, 2011

Franklin's and Black-headed Gulls at Conneaut Harbor, Ashtabula County, OH
 
An adult Black-headed Gull in basic plumage was reported at Conneaut Harbor on Thursday September 29 by Craig Holt. Presumably the same bird was there again on Sunday October 2, when a strong low-pressure system also brought a first-winter Franklin's Gull to the sandspit for about a half hour or so. I was lucky enough to happen to arrive on the sandspit and find the Franklin's immediately, unaware that it had dropped in just minutes before my arrival! Luck is a good thing. After the Franklin's departed, the Black-headed was relocated, and I was able to make some images of both.

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Canon 1DMkIV, 500mm f/4L + 1.4x TC III, 1/1000 sec. at f/6.3 (manual), ISO 1250, handheld (braced)

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Canon 1DMkIV, 500mm f/4L + 1.4x TC III, 1/800 sec. at f/6.3 (manual), ISO 1250, handheld (braced)

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Canon 1DMkIV, 500mm f/4L + 1.4x TC III, 1/1000 sec. at f/6.3 (manual), ISO 1250, handheld (braced)

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Canon 1DMkIV, 500mm f/4L + 1.4x TC III, 1/1000 sec. at f/6.3 (manual), ISO 1250, handheld (braced)



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