Photographer: Gloria Zmuda Nagler, Lake Forest Park
Photo taken: Nov. 1, Matthews Beach, Seattle
Photographer's description: "Seagull channeling swan. This shot was made with Canon 5D Mark III, 400mm lens."
Expert says: "I didn’t realize this was a gull at first because of how big those wings look (due to the 400mm lens). This moment is somehow extremely gorgeous because of the muted colors and the pose captured, which absolutely makes this photo. I also really enjoy the symmetry that is accentuated by the clean gray background. Stunning photograph!"
-- Katie G. Cotterill, Seattle Times photo staff