Here are a few more photos taken during our trip to Sanibel Island, Florida, in January. This is a close-up shot of a Lesser Black-backed Gull. It’s not a rare species in Florida but it is uncommon. It’s aptly named because there are definitely black feathers on its back unlike the gray feathers found on our more common gull species. During the breeding season those brown streaks will disappear and its head and neck will be pure white. The red spot on its bill is typical of an adult bird but the black streaks give the bill a very colorful look. An immature bird does have a black bill so this one is probably still transitioning from a juvenile to an adult.