Slaty-backed Gull at Northridge Lakes in Milwaukee Wisconsin on February 13, 2017

I had been birding the lakefront in Milwaukee when I got a call from Mike W, thanks Mike. He stated Tom W had found a Slaty-backed Gull at Northridge Lakes. With a quick ride over there, and some birders having it in their scopes it put a spike in what looked like might be a quiet day birding. The bird stayed in one spot the whole time I was there of about 30 minutes. It stood and rested while I was there along with the preening. It raised its wings once and I capture a couple of shots of what is known as the ‘string of pearls’,  spots on the outer primaries. Other birds to note, it was said that there were 2 Glaucous Gulls, 1-adult, 1-immature and 4 Kumlien’s, 3-adults, 1-juvenile, I did not see all of them. A big thank you to Tom W for finding this nice bird and getting the word out for others to see. A mild day with temps around 40 with full sun, light breeze made for a pleasant morning out. Images were taken on February 13, 2017.

Slaty-backed Gull, with the wing up you can see the 'sting of pearls'

Slaty-backed Gull, with the wing up you can see the ‘string of pearls’ on the primaries

Slaty-backed Gull

Binomial name: Larus schistisagus

Category: Gulls, Tern. and Skimmers

Size: 25” long, 58” wing span

Weight: 3.0 lb

Note: An Asian gull that is considered a rare breeder on the west coast of Alaska and is a very rare visitor to North America.

Standing in the middle

Standing in the middle

The way it was...

The way it was…

Going down to rest

Going down to rest

Resting

Resting

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Doing a stretch

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Just another shot

Just another shot

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

2 Responses to Slaty-backed Gull at Northridge Lakes in Milwaukee Wisconsin on February 13, 2017

  1. Thomas Wood says:

    Jim, thank you so much for posting your photos.
    Like last year, your patience and photographic skill was able to reward us with a great shot of the open wing. My eyes didn’t register the image quickly enough to observe the “string of pearls”, but your camera did!

  2. Nan Wisherd says:

    Great bird! I hope to see one someday. Thanks for sharing.

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