Laughing Gull

1/4000s, f9.0, ISO 1250, Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM +1.4x

Laughing Gulls breed in coastal marshes and ponds in large colonies. The large nest, made largely from grasses, is constructed on the ground. The 3 or 4 greenish eggs are incubated for about three weeks. These are omnivores like most gulls, and they will scavenge as well as seeking suitable small prey. Laughing Gulls take three years to reach adult plumage. Immature birds are always darker than most similar-sized gulls.
Rockport, Texas