Seagulls in Santa Cruz

posted on 2013.03.02, under Canon 7D

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A friend tossed a piece of bread into the air and these guys battled for the treat.  The seagulls are use to being fed on the ground, but they can be convinced to fly for their treats.   We were patient and only fed the seagulls that would fly close to us.  At first 95% of the Seagulls stayed on the ground, waiting to be fed.  Within 10 minutes, 50% of the birds started a circular pattern of flight over my head.  It takes a little bit of practice, and you can actually make gestures that alert a seagull that you are about to throw bread to him/her and they will come in for their treat.

After 20 minutes I had about 100 seagulls flying in a circular lineup vying for an opportunity to catch a piece of bread.


Canon 7D
Sigma 17-70
f/4, 1/1250, ISO100, 45mm


Love the photo and the story. I used to toss french fries to the ghetto seagulls on my lunch break. This flying trick seems a lot more fun!

Kim ( March 14, 2013 at 6:48 am )

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