060/365 Sooty Gull Larus hemprichii


To complete February’s images off, todays image is of a Sooty Gull displaying.  Watching your subjects can often reveal extra action shots that you wouldn’t normally achieve.  Like most gulls when they call, they do something interesting.  Watching this species of gull over a few days, I noticed that whilst calling they would often throw their heads back.  Most of the time they did this out of camera range, but one morning, I managed to get close enough to this individual preening.   It was just a matter of patience and hoping that it would call when it had finished.  I wasn’t dissapointed. 😉

Sooty Gull, Larus hemprichii, Red Sea, Egypt, April, 2009.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens

059/365 Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe


Heres yesterdays image. 
Image 059 is a migrant Northern Wheatear with a rather large dragonfly! I found it like this so dont know whether the dragonfly was dead already or whether the Wheatear caught it.  With a few head flicks the dragonfly broke up easily allowing the wheatear to continue its journey north on a very full stomach.

Northern Wheatear, Oenanthe oenanthe, Red Sea, Egypt, April, 2009.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.