Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) What a racket!

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David Brown Photogra… on May 13, 2010

Oh zooming in is well worth the journey Kenny and as you say, what a racket. I can hear it from here!

Nice one indeed. All the best - Jethro

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on May 26, 2010

If I had a herring, especially a frozen one, this gulls throat would make a great target..

Living in Whitby is a real pain at this time of year Kenny..The din starts before dawn (2.30 am in June) all around the town. Four thousand of these flying rats create the noise from hell, for hours on end...For most Whitby folk, a summer season with the gulls is a nightmare!! There is a local bye-law prohibiting the feeding of these hungry birds..Visit the river-side, adjacent to any food outlet, and one can observe the bye-law is totally disregarded..Visitors just love feeding them...They don't have to tolerate them, unlike the townspeople..

They are without doubt a major health hazard, littering the highways and by-ways with garbage, stolen from the hundreds of public waste bins, which they deposit far and wide..can you imagine the aroma of babies nappies, discarded fish and chips mixed with a liberal helping of dog poo!! They are very intimidating, and will violently attack passers by if they think that they pose a risk to their young..They build their nests on every convenient ledge, roof and chimney pot..Their guano causes tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage to the infrastructure of buildings due to blocked drains, gutters and acid deposits !!

In the right domain, the ocean, these are magnificent creatures. Graceful in flight and pretty as a picture..I have a lot of time for gulls..However, they are not welcome ashore..Ever tried removing gull guano from your car following a hot sunny day..the rock hardened crap out performs super glue and is more corrosive than sulphuric acid...Well that's my take on sea-gulls Kenny...Any offers ;>)

Now I will get off my soap box ;>)


David Brown Photogra… on May 26, 2010

Wow, Jim now thats the sort of passion we like here on Opiniomino ! None of your limp wristed, half baked suggestions of a thought there eh?

I was going to argue, put it from the seagulls point of view, get the perspective balanced for a bit, but I don't think Shanghai is far enough away to escape the resulting wrath.

I am thinking that crows can fall into a similar category, especially if you live under a favorite tree. Thankfully I don't.

All the best Jim from the very middle of a Shanghai night.

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on May 26, 2010

Nice one Jethro ;>)

Kenny Wharton on May 26, 2010

I wholeheartedly agree with you AXOTA and put far better than I ever could. If there was a "Best comment of Panoramio" this would be up there with the best...

And Jethro You silenced? that must be a first!



Jim Evans (AXOTA) on May 26, 2010

Great stuff Kenny..Jethro culled for a while ;>)))


Kenny Wharton on June 6, 2010

Its almost like a fairground stall where you have to throw a ball down its neck!

Harcz Daniel Balázs on June 30, 2010

Axota, I sympathise with you and your fellow townspeople. Kenny, great shot, similar to the ones I posted yesterday and which you also commented on. Kind regards: Daniel

Jean Gregory Evans on July 28, 2010

It is a beautiful capture. Well done. I love the light!


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  • Uploaded on May 9, 2010
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    by Kenny Wharton
    • Camera: Canon EOS 1000D
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/256)
    • Focal Length: 250.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/12.884
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    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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