Tuesday, September 02, 2008

G is for Gulls in ABC Wednesday

Gulls are birds that all people living by the sea have a relationship to. They are as much part of the ocean environment as the fish and the sea itself. According to Wikipedia:

Gulls (often informally Seagulls) are birds in the family Laridae. They are most closely related to the terns (family Sternidae) and only distantly related to auks, and skimmers, and more distantly to the waders.
Furthermore:
They are typically medium to large birds, usually grey or white, often with black markings on the head or wings. They typically have harsh wailing or squawking calls. They have stout, longish bills, and webbed feet. Gull species range in size from the Little Gull, at 120 g (4.2 oz) and 29 cm (11.5 inches), to the Great Black-backed Gull, at 1.75 kg (3.8 lbs) and 76 cm (30 inches)
I'm going to show you four pictures of one gull. I have asked an expert which gull it is, but he could only say that it was one who was about one year old and hadn't acquired the white coat typical of adult birds. His guess would be herring gull, or lesser or greater black-backed gull. I'm sure that out there in Blogger space there is someone who would be delighted to tell me.

BTW - the pictures were taken in Bergen Harbour ("Vågen") a couple of weeks ago.



Today's post is part of the the third round of ABC Wednesday. The founder, Denise Nesbitt, has changed the rules to make the system more practical. There is now a no-comment blog where you can post a copy or short version of your post with a link-back to your original post for the full version and comments. Scanning through this no-comment blog will give you a nice Encyclopedia of Es! She has also set up a new site where you can log on via Mr. Linky if you want to do that.

56 comments:

ArneA said...

Gulls must be the most important bird in Bergen.

Kjerstis Hjørne said...

Å, det var flotte G bilder. Viste ikke at Gull var måker...

ellen b. said...

I've only mangaged to get good shots of gulls when they are standing still. These shots in flight are great!!

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

G-reat G-post!!!

Juha Ylitalo said...

To ellen b.: You can sometimes get incredible shots from gulls, when they are just hovering over the boats stern etc.

What comes to photographs in this post, the real magic on this photograph comes from the fact that you've manage to get series of photographs about one and same bird. Good job!

Reader Wil said...

An excellent series of photos!

Brian said...

4 stunning photos, thank you for posting them for all to see.

Thank you for your kind comments on my ABC Wednesday = G

kjpweb said...

Good catches! Love inflight shots!
Cheers, Klaus

Reader Wil said...

I forgot to thank you for your visit and comment. Yes many Aborigines live close to nature. My daughter's first husband is Aboriginal.

Louise said...

Well I don't know what it is. (Not that I'm a great identifier of gulls or any other type of birds.) I've never seen a gull like it. It has an interesting look to it, however, and I love the in-flight captures.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I like your Gulls. I posted a Grump Alien on my blog. It is at Thunder Maker

Miss_Yves said...

Gorgeous shots in flight !and beautiful shade of blue !
On the first picture, zre there sea weeds ?
miss Yves

The Mulligan Family said...

Wonderful action shots of the beautiful gulls. Perfect post for ABC Wednesday. Cheers!

gaz said...

ooo i was so close to posting a photo of a gull. i'm glad i didn't - mine wasn't anywhere near as good as these.

Liz said...

Ah yes, a young gull. Lovely shots of the bird in flight. They are surprisingly big and one town in Scotland has set up a special gull force to scare them away because they're becoming violent.

Kim from Hiraeth said...

Oh, that water is so blue! Great photos of the birds in flight! I'm impressed!

nonizamboni said...

Great gulls! they are always my favorite to watch.
Happy Week!

Columbo said...

Awesome capture of the gulls. Great posting for ABC Wednesday G.

mrsnesbitt said...

We see many gulls around the coast.....some up close especially when we are eating fish and chips! LOL! A local fishing town, Staithes have recently taken a dislike to the gulls......................................well the newcomers have, but surely a fishing environment will attract gulls??????????????

Great post Runee, thanks so much.
Dx

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

It isn't often I will get shots of Gulls living so thick in the mountains but once in a while, I'll be able to wander out to the wide open lakes and see them but for now, I will enjoy your photos... very nice pictures... it's nice when you capture them in flight!
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CrazyCath said...

Those are absolutely awesome shots of the gull in flight. I am stunned by the clarity. That is true talent. I have photographed a number of gulls, and they are photogenic, but no shots I take are as clear or crisp as these.

Fantastic G post.

Gramma L said...

Those are great pictures of the gulls.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Excellent photos of the Gull, Rune. Thanks for the explanation about its color. The gulls I have seen here are all white.

Greyscale Territory said...

Great series of pics! But I can't help with the name! Our Australian gulls are snowy white with silver grey markings on the feathers!

babooshka said...

Bird overload. You know for me this is a wonderful collection. irds in flight are one of the most beautiful sights.

photowannabe said...

Terrific flight action shots Rune. I think they are one of the noisest birds around.
Nice choice for the letter G.

leslie said...

These are Great shots of the Gull, Runee! I love how you've captured it in flight and at the end it lands in the water! Nicely done - come and take a look at my G today and have a Great week! :D

Rambling Woods said...

These are great shots. Gulls are tough to ID....

magiceye said...

Beautiful gull pictures!

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Bear Naked said...

Great photos of a Gull in flight.
I hope someone can help you find out what type it is.

Bear((( )))

naturglede said...

I like the gulls and your pictures. Flotte fugler der de seiler fram. Måker er sommer for meg:))

hpy said...

Antagligen en fiskmas, men en ung sadan, som din specialist sager.

evlahos said...

excellent captures. you have stop the time!!! and great colors.

Outhouse Capital of Canada said...

People think gulls are from coastal areas, but we have gulls 400km from the sea, usualy near the garbage dump.

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

wonderful shots of the sea and the gull

Ackworth Born said...

I've been criticised in some circles for using the term "seagull" as opposed to just "gull" or naming a specific species.

Some call them the pigeons of the sea.

Kerri said...

Love how you got them in flight!
Great shots!!

kouji said...

beautiful shots of the gull, against the backdrop of water. :)

Dragonstar said...

Gulls are Great fliers and Gliders! These are wonderful shots Rune. This might be an immature Herring Gull, but I'm not an expert.

Gordon said...

I haven't seen gulls like these. The Little Gull is very common here.

D Herrod said...

Very nice. I really like your header.

Tommy said...

great pictures of the gulls

Neva said...

What great action shots! Mine is here.

Denise said...

Hi, Runne
here you have a great shot of the flight of gull which is a fantastic bird, and the color of the water so intense and bright, high quality in the pictures.
hugs, Denise

John said...

Meget flott serie dette her. Vet hvor vanskelig det er å treffe med fokusen når de flyr. Bra utført.

becky voyles said...

Such beautiful blue hued water. Gull - great choice.

Mam said...

A great G choice for you, blessed to live near the water. Beautiful shots.
Nancy

raf said...

Visual Norway - your way, Rune, is just fine for me! Always enjoy stopping by your place. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Rinkly Rimes said...

I used to live in Britain where the seagulls made a terrible row! Here, in Australia (in this part anyway) they're much quieter. I still get goose-bumps when I hear the gulls of my childhood on TV.

Anu said...

Great shots of G = gulls.

Nydia said...

Gulls are lovely birds. We have tons of them here in Copacabana beach, and it's always cool watching them diving in the sea for fishes!

Great photos & post.

Kisses from Nydia.

Ida said...

En flott og grasiøs landing. Uansett art.... ;)

becky voyles said...

about the drums on my G post... they were not for my son but our step-grandson in Indiana. We will not be around for them to affect us. LOL

Mary said...

Wonderful series!

Paz said...

Wonderful photos!

Paz

PERBS said...

Well, I was doing jury duty Wednesday so I completely missed this one until you pointed it out. I think because of the big photos, they don't upload so fast and I wasn't looking for dates but photos of things I had missed when I was sick and then had jury duty on top of that.

You must have been on a cliff above them to be able to get such shots! You are certainly challenging yourself with that new camera! Keep up the excellent work!