A Bonaparte’s Gull in breeding plumage flies at Piute Ponds, a 9,600-acre portion of Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert of southern California.
Brent Bremer shot the photo on May 10, 2014, with a Nikon D7100 and a 200-400mm lens and posted it to our U.S. and Canada Gallery. According to an eBird checklist posted by Kimball Garrett, ornithology collections manager at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 98 Bonaparte’s Gulls were at Piute Ponds the day this photo was taken. eBird data shows the total is a record high count for the species at the site.
Bremer was happy to see just one. It was a life bird, and he snapped a beautiful photo of it.
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