02 November 2008

Gull musing

Tarapunga resting
I stretched out on the sand, focused, pressed the shutter a few times. Inched forward, repeated the process. Slowly, a little at a time, so I wouldn't disturb the birds — flying away uses energy, requiring more scavenging time. When I'd photographed enough, I inched backwards until I could stand and walk away while they watched, apparently unperturbed. This tarapunga seemed more concerned with its own thoughts, though. What do gulls think about when they're not fighting, mating, or eating?

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nz-ajb said...

I suspect that, like most of the rest of us, they think about 'fighting, mating or eating'...

Michael said...

My guess is sitting meditation. (In all things, see yourself.)

(love the shallow focus and wonderful textures), got to save my beer cans for long lens)

pohanginapete said...

And I suspect you're right, nz-ajb.

Michael, I hadn't thought of meditation as a characteristic of gulls, but some of the poses they assume (like staring at their feet) do seem very meditative. Thanks for the thoughts on the photo; and I couldn't live — photographically speaking — without a decent long lens. I'll help you drink the beer if you like ;^)