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Old Nov 10, 2007, 11:11 PM   #1
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Not too long ago the salmon run ended, and the number of dead (and very rotten) fish on the beaches has brought in more Herring Gulls then usual. Since I have never really paid much attention to them I thought I would concentrate on them for a few days.

One mewls, one stares at the beach.


Then they both mewl. A strange sound it is. Starving cat sound maybe.


Another day, another beach. Lots of Herring Gulls here also. (Only one dead fish though.)


Young but agile.


This is lightened up a lot. It grayed up rather fast as I was shooting.


These two either tussled with each other or mewled together. It might be love.




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Old Nov 11, 2007, 4:16 AM   #2
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Steve, these are very very good. Some terrific detail and excellent exposures. I thought #3 was a cracker, caught well in flight and even have the eye detail to really give the shot some life. The other two in flight ones are not too shabbey either. But the winner is the last, great capture. The splash just in front of them and the pose is perfect. I was transported to that spot.
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Old Nov 11, 2007, 9:28 AM   #3
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Great captures "birdman" !. Each of your series keeps raising the bar. Great work.
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Old Nov 11, 2007, 1:24 PM   #4
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But the winner is the last, great capture. The splash just in front of them and the pose is perfect. I was transported to that spot.
Thanks for nice compliments tinosa and Rafael.

And Rafael, in the interest of giving proper warning, if you do find yourself transported to that spot you will need: Some kind of windbreaker jacket, over several layers. Gloves, and a hat that covers your ears. It is a far cry from your winery. The birds could be mewling in sadness at the impending bitter cold.
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These are all excellent Steve.particularly like the flight shots, very well taken

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Old Nov 11, 2007, 4:55 PM   #6
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Truly awesome shots, Steve !!! How on earth do you get the timing so precise ?
The exposure, motion-capture & composition all dead on - I would never have the presence of mind & dexterity to get it all coming together at once.
Seagulls are really raucous and agressive and your pictures capture that behaviour so well.
I agree with Tinosa - you manage to keep raising the bar.
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Old Nov 11, 2007, 5:14 PM   #7
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Truly awesome shots, Steve !!! How on earth do you get the timing so precise ?
The exposure, motion-capture & composition all dead on - I would never have the presence of mind & dexterity to get it all coming together at once.
Thanks Robin. Well, I think the timing comes with practice. And in this case luck (at least for the flying shots) that there was only one dead fish on the beach so I could stake it out and know that at least some of the shots I would get head on or at a good angle as they circled in to land near it. Herring Gulls are otherwise shot leaving and butt shots are not near as impressive.

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These are all excellent Steve.particularly like the flight shots, very well taken

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Thanks Mark. I had a lot of fun taking these. It is always fun to be by our freshwater sea. A pity I can't smell the salt but otherwise it has an ocean feel to it.
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Old Nov 11, 2007, 5:56 PM   #9
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Your gull shots keep reminding me to get myself down to the coast which isnt too far from here...trouble is i always get sidetracked and end up elsewhere.I`ll get there one day

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Ditto to all of the comments above. All really great shots!!
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