"This is my town" is what the seagull is saying to me. (An updated explanation of the title)
The prevalence of seagulls was quite noticeable on out visit to Whitby. People were holding up chips at arms length to entice flying gulls to swoop down and take them out of their hand. The gulls at Whitby are apparently herring gulls.
"Whitby Seagulls have been in the press again this week. Hard to believe that the seagull species can cause such controversy." ...
"The reason for the controversy about the Whitby Seagulls is their penchant for the tit bits offered to them by the visitors as well as foraging for food in bins. It is well know that visitors will throw tit bits for the gulls who enjoy watching them feeding and this in turn encourages the gull population to expect food in populated areas. It is the opinion of many folk that the seagulls are vermin, too many in number and a general nuisance."
"For some locals, as well as visitors, they are one of the joys of Whitby. Their calling to one another is an iconic sound of the seaside (not especially joyful at five o’clock in the morning!) and conjures up fond memories of childhood holidays." From wonderful Whitby Blog (April 6th 2012):
From Wikipedia: "The European Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) is a large gull (up to 26 in (66 cm) long). One of the best known of all gulls along the shores of western Europe, it was once abundant. It breeds across Northern Europe, Western Europe, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and the Baltic states. Some European Herring Gulls, especially those resident in colder areas, migrate further south in winter, but many are permanent residents, e.g. in the British Isles, Iceland, or on the North Sea shores.
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timecapturer (41792) 2014-01-25 3:52
love this! Living by the sea like I do, these birds are everywhere. Waking me at sunrise, trying to nest on my roof, dolloping on my car and yet they are so iconic in shots like this. They do have a lot of attitude too and I have lost many an ice-cream. Superbly composed and executed image that I like a lot. Well done!
Have a great weekend - B.
arnie (1408) 2014-01-25 4:05
A great composed shot, the gulls can cause lots of problem's.
lousat (68539) 2014-01-25 4:09
Hi Trevor,very nice idea the DOF on the gull to take it in this magnificent and soft blurred background,great scenery and perfect colors and exposure too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Kielia (22293) 2014-01-25 4:36
what a beautiful sight! This is a very fascinating scenery that is very well captured. The composition is excellent and the seagull makes the image very attractive. My compliments also for the well written notes. The seagulls are a problem in my region as well but they are so charming!
dta (60173) 2014-01-25 5:07
Hello Trevor ,
This a beautiful view of the town , and a superb composition with the seagull in the FG . Great use of the DOF : blurred flower , pin-sharp bird , slightly blurred BG .
Very well done .
holmertz (34613) 2014-01-25 7:58
En väldigt fin komposition. Staden är vacker och ligger fint vid havet, och förgrunden pryds av både måsen och de gula blommorna.
npecanhuk (59016) 2014-01-25 8:05
Very interesting and attractive place! I love the details of all those buildings and boats!
Very beautiful picture! Welcome presence of that seagull that was so nicely placed in the frame!
TFS - congrats,
emka (68576) 2014-01-26 0:00
hi Trevor, I am so surprised to see that Whitby is your town. I was in Whitby in December, with Mariusz who lives not far from there. charming town, I like it very much and fish and chips were delicious. Nice shot from the harbour. Is the seagull sitting on the nest? Charming composition.
WArm regrads Malgo
fabbs99 (14449) 2014-01-26 6:42
The bird's nest in the foreground and the human nest in the background - what a contrasting reality.Lovely image with colorful boats and houses.Great sharpness and clarity in the composition.Very well done,TFS.
Subhogen (4035) 2014-01-27 3:22
What a superb composition, very well thought and well executed. Excellent idea to shoot this coastal with its avian dweller. I like the sharp focus on the bird as the main protagonist of this scene. Very well done, thanks for sharing.
carlo62 (23676) 2014-01-30 0:59
questa foto mi era sfuggita, molto bella e ben composta, mi piacciono i fiori e il gabbiano che aprono la scena.
Una bella panoramica.
- Copyright: Trevor Moffiet (trevormoffiet) (1800)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-06-16
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Olympus OMD EM5, Olympus M Zuiko 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/320 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: United Kingdom
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-25 3:25