A photographic study of Silver Gulls part 8
Over the last week I shown a series of photos of Silver Gulls. This is the last in that series. For the photographer gulls are often a very good subject for learning the skills of bird photography. Gulls are often quite confiding; you just have to produce some food – like chips – and you will soon have more subjects for your camera lens than you can cope with. On this occasion I didn’t need any food. I didn’t want large numbers of gulls. They were content to stay just a few metres away and let me snap away happily.
As with all photography, shooting birds requires appropriate lighting conditions. It was late afternoon – about an hour before sunset. The sun was almost directly behind me which was good – apart from needing to watch where my shadow fell.
Overall, I am very pleased with the result. I’m still trying to get that elusive stunning shot of a gull in flight. Gulls are ideal subjects for that too. I’ll just need to be patient.
Last night, I heard a 5 to 10 minute wave of a flock of gulls wailing. I was surprised to hear the wails as I don’t normally hear birds after sunset. Were the gulls hungry? Were they having a fight with another rival section of gulls? Do you know what could be the reason? Have you ever heard gulls wailing harshly at night?
Sorry about the delay in replying Eugene.
I’m not sure why the gulls were wailing at night. The only thing I can think of is that there was some sort of threat to them – a predator (an owl perhaps?) or some sort of intrusion such as a dog being walked or loose disturbing them.
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