21 April 2011

Watch out for low flying gulls

Our Florida vacation continues. Yesterday, laughing gulls (Larus atricilla) were abundant on the beach at Honeymoon Island. They are very amusing birds that often form noisy groups on the ground close to people. Sometimes, a bird may take off and start flying towards a person only to change direction seemingly at the last moment before a collision. When that happens, it's a challenge to photograph the bird; it takes a quick photographer and a quick camera with a fast auto focus. These are the best shots I could manage. They are of the same bird taken a fraction of a second apart.

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