Parking lot gulls are an easy target for photography. They are confiding, confident verging on cocky, and content to do their thing while you take their picture. And when what you are taking their picture with is a digiscoping rig you can get some pretty interesting pictures. These Ring-billed Gulls were drinking and occasionally taking a half-hearted bath in a big puddle. I pulled up next to them and digiscoped while balancing the scope on my car window.

All of the images in this post are uncropped except for the one up top. What you see here is what I was seeing through my viewfinder as I clicked away in the parking lot at Flushing-Meadows Corona Park in Queens, New York. And if you want to see bigger versions of any of these images just click on them.

Ring-billed Gull 6

Ring-billed Gull 8

Ring-billed Gull 3

Ring-billed Gull 4

Ring-billed Gull 5

Ring-billed Gull 7

Ring-billed Gull 2

Ring-billed Gull 9

All of the pictures in this post were taken with the Swarovski STX 30-70 X 95 modular spotting scope attached to my Canon EOS 50D. If you want to see Ring-billed Gulls in the same spot when they are in breeding plumage check out this post.

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Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy and Desmond Shearwater. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.