I froze my parts off photographing these ring-billed gulls today at Hoover reservoir while Megan and Weston ate snacks in the heated car. Why do I spend time photographing common birds? Well, they're great practice for photographing rare birds, plus, they're an extra special challenge. It isn't difficult to photograph ring billed gulls-just head to your nearest large parking lot. It is more of a challenge to get photos of them that are interesting- something that not only shows the birds, but also their behavior, and let's you in on little slices of their lives.