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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Weekend Snapshot: Number 19

Saturday, when Bill and I walked around my neighborhood's lake, I thought there must be a Gull Festival going on.It's not unusual to see a few gulls at the lake but usually the Canadian Geese and a variety of ducks are in the majority.
I didn't see any Canadian Geese Saturday and far fewer ducks than normal. I felt like I was at the beach when I looked out and saw so many seagulls.
The time of year is always a factor in terms of the wildlife at the lake. However, the most noticeable difference is usually how many different types of ducks I spot. Sometimes there are a few large turtles in the lake although I've never had a camera handy when I spot them. It's not unusual to see a blue heron although that may be seasonal as I didn't see any on this walk. Saturday it was all about the gulls.
The gulls were not the least bit shy. Several of them let me take their photographs as they perched on the bridge railing. I was standing quite close for many of the shots.
I should start taking notes about what kinds of birds I see at the lake and what time of year it is. I used to keep a journal about the birds that hang out in my garden and when they are up before the crack of dawn and when they seem to start sleeping in. Although I notice the bird population at the lake, I've never taken notes like I have done with the ones in my back yard.
Saturday, January 13, 2008 was the day of the Gull Convention. I wonder what bird group will be partying there next.

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43 comments:

Yen said...

Awesome photos! Looks like you had a fun taking pics of them:) Wish I was there! Happy Weekend!

poor man's nicole richie said...

bird convention. now that's new! hahaha
i really love your shots. you're always bringing me closer to nature.

Heart of Rachel said...

You're lucky to live near a lake. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos of the birds you saw that day. It must have been a rewarding walk.

Tere said...

Good shots of the Gull convention. Happy weekend!

Sandy Carlson said...

These celebs just love the camera! Like so many other bathing beauties.

the teach said...

Carver, those are beautiful shots of birds that a lot of people don't like...at the beach for instance. You make them look calm and serene. Lovely!

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janet said...

wow... great shots of the Gulls. thanks for sharing carver. you have a great week ahead!

Juliana RW said...

nice pics.

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Natalie said...

There used to be a lot of gulls where I'm from, but I never see any where I live now. :(

Liza said...

Beautiful shots! Lol, and they had a convention.

Have a great week ahead.

A Simple Life said...

You took lovely shots of the seagulls. You always bring us close to nature. Most of the time people just ignore them.

Thess said...

I love photographing birds too...you did an awesome job capturing them. I'll wait for your next bird convention :)

btw, I got excited reading your comment, re: you're a singer/songwriter, had sung in choirs and pubs ...I sung in hotels, and choir..the last one was a dutch choir but I had to stop. I guess we both miss it.

GBex said...

wow carver, those gulls are cool!.....do they stay even with a slight of human provocation getting near them?
happy weekend to you my friend!

Mimi Lenox said...

Wonderfully clear and brilliant photographs. Thank you for bringing peace to my soul today.

thrivingat30 said...

Beautiful close-ups of the gulls! Loved your pictures!

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**"Liza"** said...

great shot of the seagull..those are really pretty!..;)Ohh I mis s going to the lake it cold here and I'm so lazy to go out..;)

napaboaniya said...

Wow!! Nice shots... I like the 3 rd picture!! It looks so cute..

♥Shabem-®♥ said...

Your place is wonderful and those photos are marvelous.
Love it as always!

eastcoastlife said...

So many birds around the lake! There must be lots of fish in the lake. Although I live near a beach, I seldom get to see seagulls. Those are lovely shots of them.

Inland Empire Girl said...

Although I love the winter weather... I miss seeing all the birds... it is just too cold!

vera said...

great shots!

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Pretty Life Online said...

great photos! Thanks for the kind words...

maiylah said...

wow ... what a beautiful place, and the birds look really great! they don't seem camera shy, huh?! :)

snippets said...

what a lovely walk it must have been! you are so lucky to be living in such a beautiful place! :)

Lynn said...

I see that these birds are having a great, relaxing time. I feel relaxed too looking at them.

Chikai said...

i really like your photos. they're very relaxing. it shows how much of a nature lover you are. ;)

thanks for leaving some love on my blog. ;)

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tanabata said...

Looks like the Gull Convention was a success! I wish I had someplace like that nearby where I could walk. :)

HiPnCooLMoMMa said...

oh maybe they made a stop over at the lake ^_^ time to spread their wings, after the cold season.

if you have time, kindly drop by and take at look at my WS here

Bengbeng said...

great shots of wild life from u this week :)

Carver said...

Thanks to everyone for visiting and for your comments. I appreciate it.

Nancy J. Bond said...

Having lived by the sea for most of my life, I think gulls are beautiful birds, contrary to some beliefs. Their cries are haunting. Great shots!

ChrisB said...

it is like the birds r posing for you. great pic opportunity

Joyismygoal said...

Wow great shots esp personal for the gull:>

carolinespicturepages.com said...

Maybe its attack of the seagulls :)

Very pretty photos.

DeLi said...

lovely and tender moment

TRICOTINE said...

Cool photos! Birds are so hard to snap! Good job! :-)

Have a happpy week!

arlene said...

awesome shots here! perfect!

mousey said...

your walk is worth it!

great shots carver!

Gellianne said...

Hi, Carver!Great photos.Thanks for sharing with us those birds!Not much of that from here where I live.
Take care!

Frank said...

the birds look very tame...coexistence with humans

Carver said...

Thanks so much to everyone for visiting and commenting.

Ladynred said...

Wonderful shots of the seagulls. I hope they had a great time with the convention..lol

Sabine said...

Carver, that's a wonderful and thoughtful post - and great photos, as usual! Hope you have a great weekend! :)