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Lakeside Sunset

edge of the water fence and skySunset photo from the New York side of Lake Champlain.
Linking to: Friday’s Fences at Life According to Jan and Jer and Skywatch Friday.

Fence Leads to Water

Where does this fence lead you? Right into the water of the reservoir! Enjoy more Friday’s Fences photos at Life According to Jan and Jer.

Entertained by the Ring-Billed Gulls

I was entertained today while watching a group of ring-billed gulls on the lake. They were hanging out on the ice near an imaginary line separating the frozen surface from the open water.

Ring-billed gull on ice
When the urge struck, a gull or two would hop off the ice into the water to bathe.

Ring-billed gull
Once they were satisfied with their splashing and swimming, they would return to the ice to preen in a variety of interesting styles. I witnessed the one-legged stance, the folded wing twist,

Ring-billed gulls
the yoga inspired wing stretch,

Ring-billed gull wing
the modest head tuck,

Ring-billed gulls on ice
and the two-legged pose.

Ring-billed gull

There were a few speckled gulls that looked different than the others.

Juvenile ring-billed gull
Later, I looked in my bird book and discovered they were juvenile ring-billed gulls. They have a bi-colored bill that hasn’t yet developed the telltale black ring of the adult.

I was only at the lake for a short period of time, but watching the ring-billed gulls preening and swimming was quite entertaining.

Skywatch Friday – Beautiful Lake

Budd Lake in winterI have a confession to make. Right now, outside my window, it’s gloomy, dreary, and rainy. If I had actually taken today’s Skywatch Friday photo this morning the result would be depressing.  So, I opted instead to upload this photo from last week in Budd Lake, New Jersey. The lake was glazed over with ice. It was so windy there wasn’t anyone else around. Despite the cold and wind, it was a beautiful day — much better than the gloom outside my window this morning. To see other images of skies, visit SkyWatch FridaySkywatch Friday.