photos from February of 2013.
Yesterday (Jan 1, 2014), I went out to feed the Seagulls in La Jolla. I always try to feed them in the air, not on the ground. I throw the bread up in the air, trying to wait until they are as close to me as possible. While feeding the Seagulls yesterday, a lady standing next to me, emptied a bag of bread on the sand. The Seagulls abandoned my tedious feeding process and filled up on her easy to attain bread crumbs. The 100+ birds were full after that feeding frenzy, flew off to a nearby roof top and wouldn’t perform any aerial stunts for me.
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.
f/4, 1/1250, ISO100, 45mm