Sometimes I am forced to fully prostrate myself in order to get the reference shot I need for a drawing. Such was the case for the series of photos I took of this particular silver gull last August. If anybody saw me lying flat on the dirty concrete at the port, well, too bad! I needed to be at bird level so I had to pretend to myself that I didn’t look ridiculous.
There are people who tell me they like birds but not seagulls. Yes, seagulls may act aggressively if they feel threatened, or greedy when they want our fish and chips. I am quite sure that seagulls have variable personalities just as we do. I’ve met some friendly and inquisitive gulls during my photography trips who come close to see what I’m doing and then linger with me for a while. I think they are handsome birds with quirky and gregarious personalities.