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.
These Silver Gulls posed in a wonderful way for my camera two weekends ago. I was on the beach at Encounter Bay at Victor Harbor on the south coast of South Australia. It was late in the afternoon, about an hour before sunset. I think this one is worth printing and mounting in a frame. I just love the clean colours of mature birds like this.
I took these photos from the beach at Yilki on Encounter Bay, Victor Harbor, South Australia a few weeks ago. What delighted me was the colour of the water in the photo above. It was late afternoon (about an hour before sunset) which seemed to enhance the depth of the blue.
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Silver Gulls are the most common of gulls to be found in Australia. They can be found almost anywhere in Australia where there is suitable habitat. They are very common along shorelines of the coast, lakes, rivers, swamps and estuaries. They are also readily found near parks, sports grounds, airfields, car parks, jetties and piers, sewage ponds and often in huge numbers at rubbish dumps. In fact, anywhere there is scrap food easily obtained.
Look back over previous days for more photos of Silver Gulls.