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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 characteristic 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.   These grayish winter-plumage birds were at the Salton Sea in southern California.   Images of breeding-plumage birds, photographed at the 'Freshwater Lake' near Barrow, on the north coast of Alaska, are here.

  • Canon 7D2; 800 mm IS lens, sitting birds with 1.4X converter, some with fill-in flash (2017)