living in the Southern Hemisphere, “the warmth of summer is part distant memory, part dream for the future” as stated by Krista of WordPress’ The Daily Post. as i dream of summer, i am participating in the Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’.
seagulls are often regarded as a summertime nuisance. my husband can not comprehend my fascination with these pesky sea birds.
maybe it’s because as a child who loved the beach, one of my favorite things to do was to grab a handful of french fries, toss them in the air and watch them appear as if out of no-where. now that i live close to the sea, sometimes, i sit in my back yard with slices of bread and toss broken pieces into the air just to watch them scurry in. weird? maybe…but i love it.
did you know that seagulls are quite clever? if hungry, they will stomp on the ground with their feet imitating rainfall and trick earthworms into coming to the surface?
seagulls demonstrate intelligence in their feeding behaviours by flying up into the sky and dropping hard-shelled mulloscs on to rocks to break them open so they can eat them.
in Native American symbolism, the seagull represents a carefree attitude, versatility, and freedom.
seagulls are fondly remembered in Utah for helping Mormon settlers deal with a plague of crickets. the seagull is now the state bird of Utah.
i can’t explain it…but it’s part of what i love about summer by the sea!
Lovely shots! The colors and subject are definitely summery!
Thank you, Connie. It’s so nice to have to stop by the blog and share your thoughts. Have a great day!
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You don’t have to convince me! When I was a teen, my ‘father’ taught me to hold a piece of food up for the seagulls to take out of my hand. Not all seagulls have had the experience of humans offering food in such a manner, so sometimes it takes time and the bravest of birds to finally try, but it is very cool. Love how you captured the many sides of seagulls.
Thank you for sharing this with me, I have seen people work with seagulls to get them to take the food from their hands…it’s amazing to watch as they build trust and the birds become brave enough to get close enough to take the food. Its a great example of how to make a connection.
Bravo! I love bird photos perhaps because they at times are so guarded and non photogenic….other times they beg a photographer’s camera’s click to capture special moments. Thanks for sharing.
I totally agree. I am practicing my skills in the attempt to catch some great shots in flight…there is nothing that shouts freedom as much as a bird in flight!
Thank you so much for sharing your comments. It’s nice to have you stop by my blog today!
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