Seagull Friend on Oceanside Pier

As a follow up to last weeks post on the Oceanside Pier, I have 4 additional shots I wanted to share this week. These are not of the pier itself and are in color which works better with this subject matter. As one would expect around an ocean pier there are many seagulls flying around at all times. I was so focused on the pier itself until the end of the shoot. At that point, I was out at the end of the pier and getting ready to call it a day and head back in when a seagull caught my eye flying not too far from where I was standing. Sometimes I’m a little slow on moving my camera attention (especially when I was so focused on the pier) to a different subject matter. This was one of those times as the seagull flew around my head and then landed on a portion of the rail right in front of me as if to say….”no worries, I’ll pose for you”. I started taking pictures and started moving around to get different angles, lighting and background. From all of those captures, I decided to post the last four I took as they best demonstrate the “models” attitude about the photoshoot.

The first one depicts the seagull cooperating and allowing me to shoot a number of captures as I moved around getting different perspectives.

Seagull 1

The seagull was so good to allow me subtle differences as I snapped away.

Seagull 2

I then backed up and circled around as he moved ever so slightly to get some sun and a lighting change as I captured an angle that included the shoreline.

Seagull 3

I was surprised by the cooperation and patience with all of my movements, but it was at this point I think the seagull thought enough is enough. Right after the above shot……

Seagull 4

he turned his head to tune me out and held it perfectly still for quite some time to ignore me. Then without a look back or anything took off and flew very far away from the pier as if to say…enough already!! Chill dude….enough is enough!!


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31 thoughts on “Seagull Friend on Oceanside Pier

  1. Dan Antion

    I like these photos a lot, Kirt. I love watching seagulls. These are great shots. I think it’s funny that he turned away, as if you used up your allotment of time.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      That’s exactly what it was like and then taking off, not just swooping around, but shooting out of sight like “had it with you buddy”!! Thanks for stopping by!! Have a great week!

  2. Ryan Callahan

    That’s funny. Great shots! The seagulls here love to steal the bait right off of fishing lines. We always have to watch out for them when we fish from the pier. Crazy birds. 😊 God bless!

  3. Diane Henders

    Ha! I enjoyed your patient seagull. I particularly like the shot where he showed you his ‘introspective’ look and allowed you to move around to capture that flood of light. I get a kick out of seagulls; but when the entire beach is white with them during the herring run, they make me a bit nervous… 🙂

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      LOL….I of course pictured all the bird crap when you described the beach full of them!! It was a fun shoot…I just had to laugh with the way he turned his back to me after quite some time and then just took off……thanks for stopping by Diane!! Have a great week!!

  4. Jet Eliot

    How wonderful that this gull was so cooperative, Kirt. I especially like the second photo because you captured the gull’s nares, the little hole in the bill, its nostril.

  5. denisebushphoto

    I really like seagulls and these are terrific! People may think of them as common but I see way more egret and heron photos than seagull images. They have a lot of character and that shows in your captures. I know what you mean about switching gears quickly. I always have my camera set for landscapes and when wildlife appear, I’m not ready.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      I’m usually not ready either. I’m just glad I was able to identify an opportunity and switch gears rapidly. I took a lot of photos and narrowed it down to these!! Thanks for stopping by and for the feedback!


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