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Sabine's gull        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Sabine's gull is a small Arctic-breeding bird that is seldom seen in the continental US.   It is a delicate flier with a striking wing pattern, with contrasting triangles of black, white, and gray.   The breeding plumage includes a dark-gray head with a black neck collar, and a black bill with a yellow tip.   Some of these breeding-plumage birds were photographed at the 'Freshwater Lake' near Utqiagvik, Alaska.   Unfortunately they only approached me in fog or in strong backlight.   Others were photographed in Monterey Bay, California on their southward migration (on some the gray hood is beginning to disappear; one is flying with a sooty shearwater).   The winter-plumage birds on this page were at the Salton Sea in southern California.

  • Canon 1D4; 800 mm IS lens, sitting birds with 1.4X converter, some with fill-in flash (2011, 2022)