I looked for a photo challenge to share my seagull pictures but came up short – I decided to share them anyway.
Seagulls, like crows, get no respect. I like them, but then I like crows too.
According to Wikipedia, “Gulls are resourceful, inquisitive, and intelligent, the larger species in particular, demonstrating complex methods of communication and a highly developed social structure. For example, many gull colonies display mobbing behavior, attacking and harassing predators and other intruders.”
Clearly I wouldn’t mess with this one; he brought along his bodyguards. 😉
“Certain species have exhibited tool-use behavior, such as the herring gull, using pieces of bread as bait with which to catch goldfish, for example.”
I found this one foraging for mussels and clams on Whidbey Island.
Though seagulls are fun to watch in their natural setting, they will pester you in the city, demanding that you share your lunch. They stoically wait nearby, watching for any sign of weakness, hoping you will toss them a fry.
If you relent you will be surrounded by others demanding their share.
That’s it for seagulls.
Terrific photos, particularly the one in flight with the shadow on the rocky beach!
Thanks so much John. I’d been looking for an excuse to post some of these pictures. 😊
I also like seagulls! My husband laughs at me, but growing up landlocked, they seem like special emissaries from sunny shores.
I love seeing them at the beach! They really seem to enjoy life! 🙂
Their passion for food is a gift to the planet, as they eat food left behind as trash. Their zeal can be overwhelming, but I think they are beautiful, graceful birds when they want to be!
Thanks so much! 😊
Seagulls are very bold in cities, and sometimes attack people to get food. I prefer crows, as they seem to be more intelligent and less aggressive.
Best wishes, Pete.
I prefer to see them at the beach too where they are in their natural element. I was surprised to learn of their intelligence but they do seem to know what’s going on and are creative in obtaining their food. The seagull I watched on the beach flew high and dropped his prize repeatedly to break the shell open.
Fantastic pictures, Susanne! I like both seagulls and crows, but then again I’ve never been accosted by aggressive seagulls.
Thanks so much! I like them both too. They’re beggars in the city for sure but part of nature and just trying to get by! 😊
You always put a smile on my face. 🙂 “You talking to me?” and the photo were spot-on, making me laugh out loud. You have a gift. Thank you for sharing. 🙏🏽
Oh thank you so much for your lovely comment! 😊
My littlest sister always called them “seagles” and loved them and always took bread out to feed them. I would get overwhelmed as they flew down, but she relished the cacophony.
What a great memory. I love seeing them at the beach flying over the waves.
I like when they drop sea creatures on the rocks and then try to beat out the competition for the innards.