Seagulls who were not bothering anyone

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Comments (16)

Nawitka on March 6, 2008

Great shot! Some have tufts and some don't ... I love the wave and the birds taking off! Why weren't they bothering anyone ... didn't you bring them any french fries?

Ryan Calhoun on March 7, 2008

Thanks Nawitka! Actually the title was more in the spirit of " why did someone have to come along and bother them?"

Dann Cianca on March 7, 2008

Wow, the nonbothersome seagull ... what a rare species!


Ryan Calhoun on March 7, 2008

Yes, a new discovery I have documented here! I'll be rich! Ryan

©junebug on March 7, 2008

That's a wonderful composition, Ryan! The lighting is just beautiful and I love the wave and the seagulls - especially the one you caught in flight - and the pattern of the sand! A big bright golden star for this one! Greetings, Anne

Ryan Calhoun on March 7, 2008

Thank you very much, Anne! It wasn't hard to catch them in flight, since someone I know put them in flight by getting too close. :) Ryan

©junebug on March 9, 2008

I see, but still it's a great shot! I've never been able to capture a bird in flight so far. Cheers, Anne

Ryan Calhoun on March 9, 2008

Anne, I think the key is to get to the spot where the birds take off, or else the spot where they will eat, and just wait. Usually they fly much too high, so you want to get a good view of the places where they aren't so high for a while. Cheers, Ryan

eme jota on March 10, 2008

Great shot Ryan...I like the waves and the seagulls in this wonderfull light..:D Congratulations.

walkaboutwest on March 10, 2008

Excellent photo, Ryan! You caught perfect flight at the perfect moment. FYI, I think the reason these 'seagulls' were not bothering anyone is because they are not seagulls but terns, which feed exclusively on fish, and don't eat garbage or refuse the way gulls do. The exact species is most likely Royal Tern Cheers, Eve

Ryan Calhoun on March 10, 2008

Thanks MJ and Eve! And thanks for the information, Eve. I had been wondering why I kept seeing two different kinds of seagulls, and what the difference was. So it turns out one is not a seagull at all!

Cheers, Ryan

✔chilefoto on March 15, 2008

Hola Ryan, me gustó mucho esta foto a orillas del mar. Un saludo desde Chile, Claudia.

Ryan Calhoun on March 15, 2008

Gracias por visitarme, Claudia! Cómo estás? Un saludo para ti también. Ryan

linda rust on September 14, 2008

Once again, one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen! :)

Ryan Calhoun on September 22, 2008

I'm happy to bring you a piece of your old home, Linda. :)

siddobson on June 5, 2015

As you've already learned most of the birds in your picture are terns. Nice shot.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on March 6, 2008
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Ryan Calhoun
    • Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
    • Taken on 2008/01/02 07:57:14
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/500)
    • Focal Length: 53.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/16.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash