They may not be as hard to photograph as a hunting Swallow, but they have the added challenge of the Atlantic Ocean.
For some reason they prefer to fish at the edge of the waves, sometimes right in them.
The best way to capture them is to wait for a bird to hover above waves, waiting to spot some prey. Hover being the term, but actually they are moving the whole time, but at least it’s a little slower.
I still don’t know the ‘tell’, or sign when they decided to make a dive.
It happens very fast though.
One second they are looking for fish, the next diving head first into the waves.
This dive I caught start to finish, I can’t remember how many were just a blur. There were a lot though.
I don’t remember ever shooting a Bonaparte’s Gull. I had to research them to even get an ID. The time of year made it even more difficult since they have not changed to summer plumage.
Most Gulls fish either by walking along the surf line, or diving from above out past the waves. Makes sense because they have a clear sight of things.
This bird works the hardest place there is. Right where the waves break.
At times they hover above. But they also sit and float along with the breaking waves.
I have no idea where they can get any food inside waves, but they must.
These Gulls are a nice size to photograph. A mid sized bird so a little easier to catch. However it’s tricky to focus on them. You need to keep the bird directly in your single focus point or all you get is a blurry bird and sharp water.