This beautiful Laughing Gull was photographed in August standing on a pier rail in New Harbor, Maine. The Laughing Gull’s habitat is coastal, including salt marshes, bays, and estuaries. They breed along the Atlantic Coast from Maine to Texas and are rarely found inland. This gull nests in colonies. The nest consists of grasses and sedges placed on the ground. They also are a regular visitor to the Salton Sea in southern California in summer and fall. Laughing Gulls winter from North Carolina southward, and on occasion, farther north.
All photos taken with a Canon 7D and a Canon 400mm f/4 L IS lens. Simply click a thumbnail for a full-sized view.
For more on Maine seabirds and how you can help protect their habitat, please visit Friends of Maine Seabird Islands.