Friday, February 10, 2012

Weekend Reflections - Gulls

Ever notice how birds almost always face the same way?

For reflections by other photographers go to Weekend Reflections by James.


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71 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Makes you wonder what they're watching!

Steadfast Ahoy! said...

Like cows, or people waiting for the bus.
Rosemary

laughingmom said...

I think they are making sure that a rogue wave doesn't swamp them!

Nefertiti said...

haaaa la mer ! j en reve ;o)

bon w end !

Sylvia K said...

Terrific capture! I, too, have often noticed how they all face the same way and wondered why??? Wonderful reflections for the day, Pat! Have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Nat said...

I hadn't actually noticed... but now that you mention it I agree :-)

Martha Z said...

If they were smart, they would have someone watch their back!

Rajesh said...

Very nice reflections of the birds.

Malyss said...

Always facing the sun! i like seagulls, and I spend hours looking at them!The reflection is very beautyful here.

Lucy Corrander : Photos said...

Yes. And where I live, they sometimes gather in large numbers on grass. Then, the different kinds of gull (Herring and Black Headed) stand in ranks of their own kind - and the younger birds stand separately from the older ones. Clear distinctions within a regiment.

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

I have noticed that Patrick -- let me know if you find out why! The gulls look intent on... something.

Rebecca said...

How nicely they posed for you!

Jack said...

I guess birds aren't rugged individualists like you and me! Love your shot today.

Leovi said...

I love the light and the reflection you've captured in these delicious gulls on the beach, beautiful photos, I love them. Greetings and good weekend.

James said...

I never thought of it before but now that you mention it. :)

Great reflection!

Ebie said...

They are checking out what's out there to eat!

becca said...

looks like a bunch of old men/ladies standing around gossiping

Sivinden said...

That's a great shot of the seagulls! Beautiful reflections!

Karen said...

A terrific reflection!

Ellie said...

Wonderful shot - they are just standing watching the world go by.

Brian said...

Great photo Pat! The must be waiting for the lunch wagon!

SparkleFarkle said...

Little tweetiepies have their motives: birds face the same way according to the direction of the wind. It's easier to take off or land if they're not going against it. But, shhhh! because I'm about to let you in on an itty bitty orinthological secret: the main reason birds go with the wind is because they are vain. Yeah, pointing one's beak in the right wind-direction makes for less ruffled feathers!

TexWisGirl said...

really beautiful. like the green tint to the foreground.

Regina said...

Wow so cute!
Happy weekend reflections.

Bouncin Barb said...

I notice this all the time at the beach. I think I posted a picture of a bunch of gulls (hundred or so) doing just that. It's amazing.

John McElveen said...

and Buoys!!

You are a Master!

J

Belle said...

That is interesting. I noticed yesterday that when my dog saw the cat look someplace, she did it too. I think they are wondering what the other guy is seeing.

Carol said...

Great photo...with a wonderful reflection...

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Yes---they do seem to all be facing the same direction... Interesting!!!!

Fabulous reflection picture, Pat...

Have you been out RVing lately???? We are headed out on Monday on a hiking/waterfall trip... Should be fun!!!!

Have a great weekend and Happy Valentine's Day.
Betsy

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Ha, I'd never thought about that. It's true. They don't face back to back. Hmmm...

Catherine said...

very striking reflections...

Dianne said...

like people on an elevator except they have a much better view

beautiful light

mshatch said...

my son loves taking pictures of birds. He got some great ones recently of Gulls in St. Pete's. Now that he's home he's trying to get a woodpecker of some sort.

Really love all your pics!

Ms. A said...

Have you posted this photo before, or just one similar? Either way, I LOVE IT!

☆•.¸.Mildred.¸.•☆ said...

Wonderful capture and great reflections!
Thanks for sharing. And thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment;o)

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Have a fabulous weekend****

KaLynn ("MiMi") said...

Great picture! and no I have never thought about it before but they do that alot!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Like standing on a mirror.

dopdavid said...

that looks so trippy. all the birds follow each other

Chuck said...

Funny, I always notice the odd ones that face opposite the group. I guess I always root for the rebels...even in birds.

Anthony J. Langford said...

They probably love a good sunset too..


Nice work.

=]

Pat Tillett said...

Alex - They sure weren't watching me...

Rosemary - Only these guys were just waiting for a fish I guess.

laughingmom - Maybe! Rouge waves, or the slight possibility of them, is why my wife won't go on a cruise!

Nefertiti - That's right!

Sylvia - Thanks Sylvia! I'm going to google it!

Nat - I ALWAYS notice it and it drives me nuts!

Pat Tillett said...

Martha - I think the jury is still out on the smartness of them. High on instict and low on brains?

Rajesh - thanks so much!

Malyss - I also love to watch them. Can do so for a long time!

Lucy - Avian segregation I think!

Sallie - I will find out and I will let you know! Maybe it's all about fish!

Rebecca - I'm stealthy like that!

Pat Tillett said...

Jack - Not a chance that they are! Thanks Jack!

Leovi - Thanks! I also love them! Thanks Leovi.

James - I always notice it and wonder why. I wonder why I neve tried to find out...Hmmm!

Ebie - Probably looking for a sardine!

becca - They were probably talking about me!

Sivinden - Thanks! There were so many of them on the beach that day.

Pat Tillett said...

Karen - Thanks Karen!

Ellie - I guess they don't have much else to do! Poop on my car everyonce in a while also.

Brian - Thanks Brian! An anchovie sandwich probably.

Sparkle - That makes a lot of sense to me! I believe it! Thanks!

TexWisGirl - Thanks! they were on a little sand bar. That green tint is a little lagoon.

Regina - They are cute! You have a nice weekend also.

Pat Tillett said...

Bouncin Barb - Maybe they are playing Simon says!

John - Buoys and gulls! LOL! No, YOU are the master...

Belle - I can't speak for the dog, but the cat was probably peering into another dimension...

Carol - Thanks Carol!

Betsy - Thanks Betsy! Yep, we just got back from a five weeks up in the mountains. Not a lick of snow though! Enjoy your trip and hope to see some of your photos!

Laura - Hmmm! That's what I'm saying!

Pat Tillett said...

Catherine - Thanks Catherine!

Dianne - That's true! I hate being in elevators with a bunch of people. It's not really the people, it's their GERMS!

mshatch - Thanks so much! I always appreciate your nice words.
I also LOVE birds.

Ms. A - It does look like one I posted a few months ago, but this it it's debut!

Mildred - Thanks Mildred! The comment was my pleasure. Thanks for doing the same here.

KaLynn - I always thought about it, but was never smart enough to try and find out!

Pat Tillett said...

Oakland DP - It's nice that nature provides these things for us.

dopdavid - birdbrains! I still like them though...

Chuck - Jonathan Livingston Seagull, I presume! Do you remember that?

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful reflection and your photo, too.

Regards and best wishes

Ann said...

I like it when gulls bunch together.

Magia da Inês said...

Foto muito bonita.
Bom fim de semana!
Beijinhos.
Brasil
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Entre Nous said...

I'm suffering from a bit of sleep deprivation so you will please to excuse, but all I could think of when I saw this post was "Hmmmm, people in church do the same thing...." Yuh I know.....

Cezar and Léia said...

Bonjour dear friend!
How adorable, this picture brings good feelings to my heart, thanks! :)
Léia

Liz said...

I love this reflection shot! Gulls are great for this.
Excellent image.

Genie said...

What great reflection of the birds...you were there at just that right moment. Love the colors. They are so pretty. genie

Margaret Benbow said...

Yes! And I'm always amazed by how flocks operate--hundreds zooming through the sky and never colliding, veering all over the compass with split-secon changes...sometimes I think they're more impressive and mysterious than, say, a herd of elephants!

TheChieftess said...

Never thought about it..but you're absolutely right!!! Is this from the Central Coast again??? The pier by San Simeon??? Nice capture Pat!!!

Stickup Artist said...

I love the colors on this shot and the "glassy" reflection. I guess there is a lot of truth to the saying about birds flocking together. I think they appreciate an ocean view just as much, if not more, than we do. Looks like we might be getting some snow finally!

EG Wow said...

Super shot, Pat! It made me smile. :)

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I like how the one in back (closest to the water) seems focused on the ocean. There others appear to be looking elsewhere. Very nice.
xoRobyn

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

this photo is simply WOW!
love it!!

happy weekend!

Brenda's Arizona said...

Hmmmmm. And your point is....??
The point is, you noticed it and we didn't until you told us!

Tito Eric said...

Exquisite reflection shot!

Pat Tillett said...

Anthony - I'm sure they do! They also like to poop on my car!

Tatjana - Thanks so much! I appreciate it!

Ann - I do also. I can watch them for a long time!

Magia - Thank you so much Magia!

Entre Nous - That's so funny! Now get some sleep!

Leia - Bonjour to you as well! It was a nice scene! We'll be going back there fairly soon.

Pat Tillett said...

Liz - That's true! Most sea birds around water! Thanks Liz!

Genie - Thanks Genie! It is a HUGE beach with much to see. It's also the only beach on the north coast of America, that you can drive on.

Margaret - I know! Just like schools of fish! You are right about the elephants, just a bit less coordinated...

TheChieftess - It was on the central coast. Two towns down from Pismo though, in Oceano. Pretty close... Thanks!

Stickup Artist - Thanks so much! It's not crystal clear, but I agree, there is a feel to it that I like. Some snow in the mountains would be nice. We just got home after 5 weeks up there with not a single snow flake. We may be going back at the end of the week. We'll see...

EG Wow - Thank so much! They are kind of amusing.

Pat Tillett said...

Robyn - Ha! He might have been checking out the sunbathers (except there wasn't any!). Thanks Robyn!

Betty M - Thanks Betty! Have a good week!

Brenda - What I really don't understand is why I never noticed it before!

Tito Eric - Thanks so much for the nice comment!

Icy BC said...

Beautiful reflection shot!

Blue Wave 707 said...

Great shot!

Pat Tillett said...

Icy BC - Thanks! Gotta love those gulls.

Blue Wave - Thanks so much!

Warren Zoell said...

I love things that rust.

Pat Tillett said...

Warren - I agree! Rust never sleeps...

Baby Sister said...

I had never noticed that either, but you're right. Maybe they're just trying to catch a few more rays of sun!!