Last week I got up close & personal with lots of Seagulls. Not quite 101, but there were lots of them.
I love watching seagulls.
I make no excuse for buying several lots of hot fish n chips down next to the pier to warm up in the brisk winter wind and then, when the excess got cold, threw them to the many gulls on the sand to bring them closer to my camera lens.
There’s something about the smell of the sea air and the screech of gulls that makes for a holiday atmosphere (despite the virus restrictions).
On the first short walk of the week, the sun continued to tease me. One minute coming out and warming the temperature up to quite a comfortable level and then, next minute, going behind the clouds and the temperature dropping suddenly to a distinct chill.
The sun had gone behind the clouds so I decided to head for home – only 5 minutes walk away.
Gosh, it must be truly lovely to live near the beach in the summer when there is no waiting for the sun to shine and the screech of gulls is joined by the shrieks and laughter of children and their families.
I wonder what the summer of 2020/2021 will bring this year (in times of so much uncertainty DownUnder)?
……and here ends the theme of a photo a day from my archives (while in lockdown).
So what’s next you may well ask. Probably some more photography, but not necessarily sharing every day. I might even set up a new website as I quite enjoy changing themes and layouts and I have some new B & W images to upload to my old B & W site which I haven’t used in nearly 12 months.
I have some offline tasks to do also. I’ve finished rejuvenating my TV table and now about to start on my dining table which got damaged in the apartment move 3 1/2 years ago and I’ve never found the time to repair the surface.
Tomorrow, some of our restrictions in my state of Victoria, Australia, are being eased and we enter a new stage of restrictions – a little looser than the last 3 months, but still keeping up social distancing and encouraged to work from home if it suits. Hopefully, some shops will re-open as I have a long shopping list.
Silver Gulls are a large seabird and the most familiar of Australian gulls.
THIS GULL WAS STANDING VERY FIRMLY IN THE SHALLOWS FACING THE STRONG WIND AND SEEMINGLY GLARING AT ME AS I SHOT THIS PHOTO.The adult has a white head, neck and body, pale grey wings with black primaries showing white tips at rest.
The beak, eye-rings and legs are scarlet.
Immature Silver Gulls are duller, with brown flecks on wings forming a conspicuous bar in flight. Their beak is brownish and the legs blackish.
I see them everywhere, not just down at the beach.
On the old buildings at the Meat & Fish section of Queen Victoria Market in North Melbourne – waiting for the fish scraps to be thrown out at the end of market day…..
At Melbourne Zoo next to the pond in the Japanese Garden……
In the city square on the lawn area………
In my local area along the Maribyrnong River…….
You just never know when they’re going to take off……
or jump up and down at Port Melbourne beach…..
Or quietly sit down for a rest at St Kilda Beach (near South Melbourne) at dusk…..
Sometimes I have a longing for blue sky and sunshine and despite the dry, warmer day today indicating Winter is finally over, the skies are just dreary and overcast. Although if I didn’t have an appointment right in the middle of the afternoon, I might be tempted to go further afield. Overcast skies can make good light for bird photography. You don’t get the feathers of white birds being over-exposed.
So time to dive into the archives – 28th November, 2016.
Silver Gulls (Larus novaehollandiae) are common as mud – whether it be inner suburbs, beach or…..even local nature reserves in my current area. These large seabirds, the most familiar of Australian gulls, are found just about all over the country except for a small inland area in Western Australia.
I think I captured this one on a river walk along the Maribyrnong River soon after I moved to the area and the lovely blue background just reminds me of the warmer, sunny days to come.