I remember the day well, it was overcast but warm. I walked down the road , through the path , and onto the beach. The waves were strong and I was glad that I had my boots on to keep my feet dry. I looked and saw birds and seagulls laughing in the wind. I lowered my body almost flat on the sand as the salty air filled my lungs. I dug my elbows into the ground and positioned my camera. At that time I didn't know how to shoot in manual and I didn't know the different types of beach birds by name.
All I knew was that it was beautiful...
I am close to being done with my heron project, though I have a few more details to work out.
I am moving on and beginning a new "the wonder of it all" photography and observation. I'll be watching seagulls for a while. Yes seagulls! Like the Canada geese of last year I already adore them. Here is a bit of information I've learned about the herring seagull.
The adults are very protective of their young and territory.
Seagulls don't reach adult maturity for about 4 years.
Juvenile gulls stay near their parents and close to their colonies.
Below is a picture of two juvenile herring seagulls at different stages. They are playing and the younger is on the older ones back.