Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Wild Bird Wednesday 144 - Silver Gulls

These are some more images from my recent boat trip out on to Port Phillip Bay, if you have not caught up with the albatross from that trip, have a look here.

Silver Gulls are our default gull here and they are generally just dismissed as 'seagulls' by most people - but seeing as I saw these on the bay, are they bagels? (!)

The traditional classification of this species places it, along with most other 'gulls' within the genus Larus - and when paired with the specific name novaehollandiae its name meant Ravenous Australian Gull - which is just about perfect.  Today this bird is placed within the genus Chroicocephalus along with many other smaller gulls. This name refers to a dark or coloured head, which is only visible in this species as a juvenile.  Sometime progress is not progress at all really!

I think of these images as being in two groups - the first are the individual birds, where the thing that most strongly drew me to the images was the way that the light is passing through the primary feathers on the wings - I really like the ghost like quality of those images.

The second batch of images are group shots of gulls following our boat fighting for scraps - I have tried various crops to build balance in these pictures.  While I have cropped to remove a few wind tips and such like, the rest of the birds are as in the original images (i.e. no cut and paste!).  I really like these for the wildness they show.










Due to the pale nature of most of these images, they really do look much better bigger and with a dark surround.  So, please click on one of them to bring up the slide show!

And now it's over to you - click the blue button and off you go.  Could I also remind people that I would really like it if they could invite any (bird) bloggers they know of who may enjoy being part of WBW to come along and join in!



43 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful soft body feathering but quite a dust-up in the sky! :)

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Stunning images!

eileeninmd said...

Great post on this Silver Gull, Stewart.. I like the last couple of shots with the group of gulls.. They look hungry.. Thanks for hosting, have a great day!

NatureFootstep said...

I love this gull and you have some amazing shots to share. Thanks :)

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

The gulls have an ethereal beauty that is brought out especially on the black background. The group shots are full of action and interaction. Very nice photo show!

Missy George said...

Absolutely gorgeous images..Great collection of shots..Love the colors or lack there of..Sorry, no birds lately to join you..

Jo said...

Oh wow, Stewart. What stunning images. I'm still breathless having watched these beauties in flight. Greetings Jo

Phil Slade said...

Those last four have an artistic element Stewart - brilliant pictures. I'm trying to think of any gull species that is not "ravenous"?

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

awesome photos of the gulls in flight, one of the challenges I've set for myself is to get better photos of birds in flight

bailey-road.com said...

Awesome shots, Stewart.

nattsyrransphoto said...

Absolutely fantastic shots. I´m really impressed.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Nice collection of shots. Those greedy birds really wanted their buddy's snack, didn't they?

Carletta said...

What a wonderful series Stewart! Your suggestion to click through the slide show should be taken by all - presents them nicely!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

If I hadn't read your text I might have believed they were doing some kind of circle dance in that one picture. Soft gray lovely gulls whether soaring, feeding, fighting, or playing. Thanks for this great meme!

mick said...

Great photos of all the silver gulls. They are so common that I often don't take much notice of them but you have really caught their fighting perfectly in the last set of photos.

Andrew Fulton said...

Wonderful flight shots Stewart...

Adam Tilt said...

Great shots Stewart. Think that the second batch is my favourite.

Sharon Wagner said...

They have an absolutely heavenly quality. Good job!

Karen said...

Oh, fabulous captures Stewart!

Frank said...

You did exceptionally well Stewart to capture this species against such a light sky and show off their aerial manoeuvrings.

thewovenspoke said...

Those are stunning seagulls, the groups of them are wonderful.

Sylvia K said...

Fantastic captures they are indeed, Stewart!! I, too, love the groups of seagulls!! Superb!!

Lee said...

Jonathan Livingston at his best! I love seagulls....I love the sea. I love to see the sea and the gulls!

Wonderful photos...your photos are always wonderful. :)

Marie C said...

These are stunningly beautiful photos, Stewart! I too love the light filtering through the feather tips...like a gossamer veil!

Marilyn Kircus said...

I flipped through your pictures before reading your blog and really thought you had cut and pasted those bires going every which way. They look so beautiful and sweet until you see going all directions. Fantastic pictures!

Linda W. said...

Nice action shots!

Bethany Carson said...

They have such graceful wings! I like the action shots of the gulls together.

janiceadcock said...

The excellence I have come to expect. Lovely captures. I like the energy of the group shots.

Mosura said...

I like #6 and #8. Great action!

Margaret Adamson said...

Beautiful series of Gull shots. Thanks for hosting.

Mary Cromer said...

They are delightful and you got some wonderful images. Made me think of the seagulls that I saw last month in Florida.

Irma said...

Hi Stewart,
Beautiful images of these gulls.
Beautiful bright and sharp pictures.
Photo 6 and 7 are my favorite.
Best regards, Irma

Adam Jones said...

They are pretty smart looking gulls. Love the action shots.

June Caedmon said...

I just love the first 5 in flight shots, Steward - excellent captures!

Liz said...

I do love seagulls!!

Nette Cecilia said...

Great shots ,Nette

Mama Zen said...

These are spectacular!

DougPhoto2009 said...

Great interaction. Thanks for sharing.

Andrea Priebe said...

Well they are aggressive little characters, aren't they. We often forget the battle to survive can be a vicious one. These pictures are crisp and radiant and the group shots are defining. They speak to greed and could easily represent a corporate board meeting. These birds however are trying to survive ... in the board room it is strictly self aggrandizement. Wonderful, meaningful shots, Stewart. Sorry I am late ... when I came to post you weren't there yet and then I forgot that I hadn't linked :) Oh my ... hope your week has been rewarding.

Andrea @ From The Sol

ladyfi said...

Wow - these shots are amazing!

Chris Rohrer said...

I really like these gulls you have over at your end. The last shots of the acrobatics are beautiful. Gulls are very misunderstood birds. I grew up with them myself and people generally think of them as rats with wings. I don't see it:)

edenhills said...

Beautiful captures of the gulls!

Hannah said...

All your flying gull photos are great, but the action shots of the gulls playing and cavorting together are sensational. I would like to participate but haven't figured out how to get shots of the birds in my yard yet, I guess I need a blind or a feeding station. I don't get out to wild places much.