California Gull Zen

A bit of a feeding frenzy today at Wickaninnish Beach in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. A huge flock of mostly California Gulls (Larus californicus) descended on the beach in the late morning and were still there in the late afternoon despite some folks who thought that it would be fun to flush the flocks resting on the sand up into the air – just a reminder that harassing wildlife in a┬ánational park is illegal and can result in a fine so keep your dogs (and children) on a tight leash.

California Gull (Larus californicus)
California Gull (Larus californicus)

I spent about 45 minutes watching the antics and searching through the flock for any unusual gulls – more on that in my next post tomorrow. The overall impression was chaos broken by moments of calm. I photographed this lone California Gull preening on a rock and like the contrast between the bird and the reflection and texture in the water.

California Gull (Larus californicus)
California Gull (Larus californicus) preening.

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