In December I like to photograph the birds near Robert S. Kerr Lock and Dam in Oklahoma. On this day I was photographing the Gulls. They were diving for shad. Both Gulls were after the same shad but one was quicker.

Two Gulls One Shad
Two Gulls One Shad

How I Got The Shot – Two Gulls One Winner

I was sitting near the edge of the water with my tripod and camera. I was using a Canon EOS-1D Mark III camera with a Canon EF500mm f/4L IS USM lens.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III
  • Lens: Canon EF 500 mm f/4L IS


  • Location: Robert S. Kerr Lock and Dam (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: December 27, 2010 (10:06 A.M.)
  • Aperture Priority
  • Aperture: f5.6
  • Shutter speed: 1/4000 sec. (as determined by the camera)
  • ISO: 500
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Exposure Compensation: 0
  • Back-button Focus
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Focal Length – 500 mm
  • Processed With Luminar 4

Here is a photo of another Gull I photographed with a shad: Ring-billed Gull Leaving Water With Shad