A VERY rare visitor...

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    A VERY rare visitor...

    There's been a swallow-tailed gull hanging out in this area for about a week, which has birders from all over the country all a-twitter. People have been coming to see it from as far away as Illinois and Florida. The reason? This gull is native to the Galapagos Islands, and has only seen twice before in North America! The previous two sightings were in California in the 1980s, so this was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. After just missing it for several days, I finally caught up with it this afternoon... it was roosting among some other gulls along the side of a pier, so the background is less than ideal, but it was only about 25 yards away, so I was able to get a good look at it. Wasn't doing much - just dozing and occasionally moving around - but I was able to get some decent shots to commemorate this extremely rare visit. Here's one of the better images...




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    Good one squirl. Maybe I will get to see one in my next lifetime.

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    Wow that is beautiful. I would love to see one of those. Great Picture

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    Congratulations on your good fortune. That is great.I remember when St. Louis had it's first Slaty-backed Gull in the 80s. What a beautiful red eye ring.


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