Gull fascination.

There’s something about birds, their eyes, the texture of the feathers, the freedom to soar on the wind, or dart about the garden (just out of reach of my mostly incompetent cats). Having handled hens regularly – I have 4 in the garden – and had the chance to feel the lack of weight of a bird of prey on my fist, birds fascinate me. When I first got my DSLR camera, one of my first adventures was taking pictures of birds, preferably in flight where they are, usually, their most majestic. Often they are moving so fast that all I capture is a blur, but now and then something special happens.

But at the beach, the gulls soar, and hang in the wind, posing, waiting for their picture to be taken (or for a chip to drop!) Their flight is so economical they use the slightest breeze and seem to hover.

Herring gull, wings spread

Yes, most images here are watermarked, sorry, but I have to protect my work.

I am particularly pleased with the Herring gull there. It’s just hanging in the sky, so sharp, so clear, you can imagine how soft those feathers are. You can see the focus in it’s eye as it scours the beach and path for stray chips, and you know that beak will cause so much pain if it caught you.

The gulls around my local coast are an ongoing fascination. I could spend hours watching them, camera in hand, missing perfect moments….  Then sometimes I’m fast enough, and it all falls into place.

I added some images to the Gulls gallery. All images in this gallery, so far, have been taken around the South Wales coast, close to Swansea.

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