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Heermann's Gull (Larus heermanni) | by Mike Forsman
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Heermann's Gull (Larus heermanni)

Silver Strand Beach

Oxnard, California at low tide


These are beautiful birds, but the heavy make up they wear when they dress up in their breeding plumage has always looked kind of cartoonish and clownish to me. This shot doesn't do much to dispel that impression.


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Taken on January 5, 2011