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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Awesome photos! Looks like you had a fun taking pics of them:) Wish I was there! Happy Weekend!
bird convention. now that's new! hahaha
i really love your shots. you're always bringing me closer to nature.
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.
Good shots of the Gull convention. Happy weekend!
These celebs just love the camera! Like so many other bathing beauties.
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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wow... great shots of the Gulls. thanks for sharing carver. you have a great week ahead!
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There used to be a lot of gulls where I'm from, but I never see any where I live now. :(
Beautiful shots! Lol, and they had a convention.
Have a great week ahead.
You took lovely shots of the seagulls. You always bring us close to nature. Most of the time people just ignore them.
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.
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!
Wonderfully clear and brilliant photographs. Thank you for bringing peace to my soul today.
Beautiful close-ups of the gulls! Loved your pictures!
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..;)
Wow!! Nice shots... I like the 3 rd picture!! It looks so cute..
Your place is wonderful and those photos are marvelous.
Love it as always!
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.
Although I love the winter weather... I miss seeing all the birds... it is just too cold!
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great photos! Thanks for the kind words...
wow ... what a beautiful place, and the birds look really great! they don't seem camera shy, huh?! :)
what a lovely walk it must have been! you are so lucky to be living in such a beautiful place! :)
I see that these birds are having a great, relaxing time. I feel relaxed too looking at them.
i really like your photos. they're very relaxing. it shows how much of a nature lover you are. ;)
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Looks like the Gull Convention was a success! I wish I had someplace like that nearby where I could walk. :)
oh maybe they made a stop over at the lake ^_^ time to spread their wings, after the cold season.
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great shots of wild life from u this week :)
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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!
it is like the birds r posing for you. great pic opportunity
Wow great shots esp personal for the gull:>
Maybe its attack of the seagulls :)
Very pretty photos.
lovely and tender moment
Cool photos! Birds are so hard to snap! Good job! :-)
Have a happpy week!
awesome shots here! perfect!
your walk is worth it!
great shots carver!
Hi, Carver!Great photos.Thanks for sharing with us those birds!Not much of that from here where I live.
the birds look very tame...coexistence with humans
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Wonderful shots of the seagulls. I hope they had a great time with the convention..lol
Carver, that's a wonderful and thoughtful post - and great photos, as usual! Hope you have a great weekend! :)
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