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Gull Crossing
« on: March 14, 2013, 10:42:44 PM »
Published in our local paper today



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Re: Gull Crossing
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2013, 07:33:18 AM »
Published in our local paper today

Well done!

Gulls do funny things. I photographed one struggling with a McDonald take-away not so long ago. Can't remember if I uploaded it to CC. If not, I'll do it soon and they can keep each other company!

Just checked and it's already there (see below); if they have found each other, we'll soon hear the racket!

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Re: Gull Crossing
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2013, 07:34:06 AM »
Congratulations Beryl - nice shot  :tup:
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Re: Gull Crossing
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2013, 06:00:44 PM »
Thank you Kindly for your comments  :)

 They take Brown paper bags quite often

I often wonder the empty brown paper bags are for nests. Brown paper bags (being made from wood in the first place) are closer to natural nesting materials than white which are died and plastic bags which are manmade.
Birds aren’t as silly as humans think but can be as lazy.
 
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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2013, 08:44:23 PM »
Thank you Kindly for your comments  :)

 They take Brown paper bags quite often

I often wonder the empty brown paper bags are for nests. Brown paper bags (being made from wood in the first place) are closer to natural nesting materials than white which are died and plastic bags which are manmade.
Birds aren’t as silly as humans think but can be as lazy.
 
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Thanks for the explanation Beryl; I didn't know this.
In this case however, it was after food. There were some chips left in the tightly folded bag.
I watched it dance and jump all over the car park, shaking the bag and banging it on the ground. In the end it got its reward and a few chips spilled out. Very hard work for some very unhealthy food!
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Re: Gull Crossing
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2013, 08:51:40 AM »
HaHa! Nice one!

This is a shot we got in the recent snow when we went to feed the birds - as you can see the gulls were taking food from our outstretched arm - but their judgement isn't always spot-on and the shot shows the moment when one gull crashed into my head! Only injury was gull pride (I was wearing a hat) - and one of the others got the bread!


We got some great shots (was using the 15-85 and mostly @ 15). This was old 'one leg' who seemed to be surviving well, despite his/her disability!
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« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2013, 09:20:50 AM »
Love the shot of 'One Leg.' Birds are very good at surviving with a disability.
Feeding gulls is not such a good idea though, as they become more and more used to being fed, and pester people who are having a snack. They're often quite vicious.
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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2013, 02:03:40 PM »
Feeding gulls is not such a good idea though, as they become more and more used to being fed, and pester people who are having a snack. They're often quite vicious.

Whilst I'd agree in principle (gulls are pretty much the rats of the sea - although more and more are inland these days), the worst offenders for pestering us were the Swans, followed closely by the Geese!
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« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2013, 04:36:12 PM »
Hope they weren't flying round your head! I'm terrified of aggressive swans.
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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2013, 05:00:41 PM »
Nah, they're a bit ungainly for aerobatics - but you can see how "friendly" they were in their effort to get food. No they didn't cause any real problems and no we didn't give them bread (they had bird food). Only time I've ever been able to actually hold a Swan's neck - (s)he didn't mind as I was filling the beak end!

You can see it was cold but you can't see that there was a bitter wind and it was snowing!


Edit: And apologies to Beryl for hijacking the thread - but it's not often there's an actual discussion about photos on the site!
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« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2013, 06:43:56 PM »
What a gorgeous shot! The swan and the other bird with the red beak (bill?) have utterly fallen in love with the food!
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« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2013, 07:01:58 PM »
Red bill would be the Muscovy - he's been there for a couple of years


This is my "funnest" shot - at my feet and shows how hungry they were
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Re: Gull Crossing
« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2013, 07:50:05 PM »
In Winter, when all food is in short supply, most birds will disregard their normal caution for easy extra food, as it may be the difference between life and death. I've had Goosanders stand next to me even thought they can't eat the bird or duck food. I can't believe that shot of yours with them feeding at your feet - no Coots?  :o

Cracking series of shots all.  :tup:

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« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2013, 08:36:28 PM »
Gosh have all these photos been published?

I thought this section was forphotoe that have been  publisshed
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Re: Gull Crossing
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2013, 12:33:28 AM »
Gosh have all these photos been published?


They have now!  :-* :tup:

 

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