I can’t ignore the grace or beauty of gulls and I don’t even try. I know people think they are trash birds and flying rats but for me it is as simple as they are birds and I love and I am fascinated by them all.
In September 2008 when Hurricane Ike was heading towards Texas we felt its effects hundreds of miles away from its eye on the Gulf Coast of Florida. The wind was strong at Fort De Soto County Park and the waves were high and that caused a bit of a feeding frenzy as the waves pushed small bait fish up to the shore. Reddish Egrets chased the bait fish all over with Laughing Gulls flying after them trying to swipe the fishing from the dancing wading birds.
Among the bait fish skirmishes one solitary Ring-billed Gull stood out to me and as it flew after the Reddish Egret and Laughing Gulls I kept my lens trained on it. It seemed to dance in the wind especially as it landed or took off and it mesmerized me with its fluid movements, grace and beauty .
A Ring-billed Gull Ballet.
Life is good.