Running for lift-offand coming in to land
There are times when, despite being presented with a common species, the light is so beautiful you just have to reach for the camera. There were some black-headed gulls bathing on the local boating lake in some late afternoon sun (a rare event in the UK during a very wet August!!).Larger birds after bathing will often jump up to shake the excess water from their wings which provides a good moment to get some photos even if they do look a bit soggy.
A young Herring gull joined in and kept jumping up and just sticking its head under the water but don't ask me why. Gulls are always such good value for some action photos.