Mew Gull
Larus canus
The Mew Gull (Larus canus) breeds across Alaska and most of northern and western Canada; it winters on the Pacific coast down to Baja, Mexico. Like many gulls, this species is prone to wander, and individuals have been documented across the United States all the way to the Atlantic seaboard. It is a small, round-headed gull, with a rather small bill. The young Mew Gull shown in the top 2 shots shown here was standing in a parking lot near the coast at San Simeon, San Luis Obispo Co., California, in September, 1997. It was photographed with a Canon T-90 and Sigma 500mm F/4.5 lens on Fuji Sensia.
The next 5 images were taken in August, 2008 in Alaska and show adult Mew Gulls. It was dark and rainy when all these images were taken, but I decided to post a few shots even though they are not the quality I would have preferred. All these shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 500mm F/4 L IS lens. The first shot was taken at Glacier Bay National Park.
The next 4 shots shown here show adult Mew Gulls at Metlakatla, Annette Island, Alaska.
The next five shots of adult Mew Gulls were taken at Potter Marsh, Anchorage, Alaska, in May, 2012, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and an EF 500mm F/4 L IS lens and 1.4X extender.
The bird in the next two shots was sitting on a nest.