Journal of a photographer... Herring Seagulls
As a local, well who really is a local, I am privileged to have other locals unlock many doors for me. And so it was when last year about this time a gentleman showed me his private stash. He said to me "Do you want to see my favorites?" When I said I would he excitedly lead me to a place, he opened the door and before me were several empty bird nests. I asked him where the chicks were and he said they had already hatched and flown away.
This was the local waterfront treasure "Herring seagulls !!!"
I made sure I paid close attention to all that he told me. I kept his information close in anticipation to now, a year later. I watched that fall as the gulls roosted and flew. Throughout the winter I continued to observe them, their habits, their demeanor, and where they gathered to stay warm on cold winter nights. After all I am a "local" originally from away, but ever present in my beloved city.
When the time came for the seagulls to nest this year I began a semi vigil. I met people, "locals", who could point me in the right direction. I started sitting for hours and establishing a relationship with these sky rats, what an awful imagine for such a wonderful creature! I started feeding them and learning about their nesting behavior.
I also fell in love ! To know them, the gulls, is to love them...
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