057/365 White eyed Gull Ichthyaetus leucophthalmus


A very smart looking bird indeed, image 057 shows an adult White-eyed Gull. An endemic species to the Red Sea area, it can be found in small flocks along with the Sooty Gull (here). We usually encountered these birds along the stretch of beach just after sunrise, before all the holiday makers woke up.

White-eyed Gull (Ichthyaetus leucophthalmus), Red Sea, Egypt, April, 2009.
Canon 40d with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS Lens.