Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)
Buck Creek State Park, Springfield, Ohio
"The outside is the only place we can truly be inside the world.” - Daniel J. Rice
Urban wildlife photography has been a motif I have dabbled in from time to time. With the loss of habitats, many animals have to quite honestly either adapt or die. While this image is far from being a truly urban shot, the use of a water lake buoy in the frame shows how gulls and other shorebirds use these to perch way out in the lake. I deliberately try to avoid containing artificial or man made objects in my compositions. I prefer to keep most things "wild" and as naturally as possible.
Likewise it is fun to break my own rules sometimes. After nailing a jaw dropping landscape composition. I scanned the lake horizon for any more subjects or points of interest. This lone gull was perched far away from my position as it stood at attention.
Captured during the golden hour of light, that orange glow is from the heavenly sunset casting a glow onto both the buoy and gull. The light is even reflected in the gull's eye. A solid bird portrait that shows a sense of place and was taken under attractive lighting conditions.
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