Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Simply Gulls

Many people ignore the common species in their wildlife photography and are always on the look out for the rare. How many people ignore the technicolour starling or the 'humble' house sparrow (a bird I don't view as humble at all) or in this case sea gulls. Personally I think this is a mistake and they are missing out on a great deal as these are some beautiful photographs to be taken in the right light conditions. Sea gulls are generally easy to photograph especially in you have a loaf of bread to hand.

A good example is this herring gull. Firstly taken in some dull conditions

and then transformed by some late afternoon sun

Black-headed gulls also make great photographic subjects and a selection of recent images can be found below. These birds are also could for practising your flight photography technique.

If you watch bathing birds, they will often leap up after a short while washing to shake excess water from their feathers



or some fun can be had with flight photos






Quantum Tiger said...

Some great shots again. Especially the wing shapes in the last two

Midmarsh John said...

Absolutely fabulous photographic captures. I agree with you regarding the colours found on Starlings. They always amaze me with the variety of brilliant colours. They need to be seen in close up to appreciate their beauty.

The Early Birder said...

Excellent Rich. I would treasure the BH with both arms (wings) aloft.

Azahari Reyes @ Jason a.k.a horukuru said...

Amazing shots :)

T and S said...

Spectacular flight shots Richard. I very bad at flight shots, maybe you can share the technical specs in a mail if that not too confidential. I would love to experiment.

RĂºben Neves said...

Great combination of shots... Simplicity turned beauty! Congratulations!

Rich Steel said...

Many thanks for the replies. I willreinterate what I have said previously that the common should never be ignored when the light is right.




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