Seagull redux (Carnac Island Part 2)
Neal Pritchard walks into a cloud of gulls (above).
The one thing Carnac Island doesn’t want for is seagulls. There are hordes of them absolutely everywhere. I spent the bulk of my time on the island wandering up and down a short stretch of beach, observing the very social creatures at rest, at play and of course, in flight. I never figured myself for a birdwatcher, but found watching the ebb and flow of the gulls in their environment strangely soothing.
I found shooting the birds quite difficult. I was trying to get pictures of them interacting with each other, isolated portraits and group movement, which shouldn’t have been hard considering the thousands that were packed into just that small area of the island. But I found after a while, that I was waltzing with the flocks – I’d approach, they’d flurry, fly off, and settle just out of reach. The 4 beat dance continued until I figured out how to creep near without startling them, looking, I’m sure, fairly foolish in the process, to anyone who was near.
Most of the following photos were taken at 200mm, with a 1.4x extender, on a 1.5x crop body, so I was working at about 420mm (i think). These are some of the hundreds of shots I took that day. Most of them are crap, but I did get a gem here and there.
In love with the movement of wings in flight.