Thursday, 24 March 2011

COMPANIONSHIP

13 comments:

ADRIAN said...

What a grand shot.

Pat Tillett said...

Love this photo! I like seeing birds that are "couples!"

Hermes said...

Great shot. The Darby and Joan of the bird world.

Kitty said...

Different only from their human counterparts in that they are facing landward, rather than out to sea.

cloudbusting2 said...

They are so comfortable with each other. In that kind of moments it´s good to stay still and extend the happiness as long as you can.

Luis Gomez said...

Lovely!

Laura~DancesWithTeddyBears said...

Sweet!

Lucy Corrander said...

Thanks Adrian.

Hello Pat. That the gulls are hanging out in twos is a sign of spring for me.

Hello Hermes. Your Darby and Joan comment makes me realise I have no idea whether birds live beyond their breeding years.

Cloudbusting2 - your comment sums up precisely what made me take this photo. (Thanks for becoming the latest follower!)

Thanks Louis and Laura.

Lucy Corrander said...

Kitty. I kept thinking about your comment during the day. These gulls are on a lower section of a bridge I was standing on to take the picture. (It crosses the narrow section of a harbour.) This means they were not looking out to sea but staring at a concrete wall.

Why?

The three largest groups of gulls around here are Herring, Black Headed and Greater Black Back. The Herring Gulls and Black Headed Gulls will sometimes rest together on expanses of grass and they form themselves almost into ranks divided not only by the kind of gull but by age, with the juveniles behind the adults, all facing in the same direction but not necessarily out to sea. Wind direction must play a part but this pair had found what I assume was a sheltered spot. (Could have been a drafty corner I suppose!)

The one on the left had been asleep and woke while I was preparing to take the picture so . . . I'm now tempted to anthropomorphise and suggest this emphasises their 'togetherness' - backs to the action, aware of nothing but their own company. How's that?

Lucy

Kitty said...

That is deep, Lucy! Probably the wind direction is the main deciding factor, but who knows? Maybe they get tired of the sea or maybe they like concrete walls or maybe they feel predators are more likely to come from the land...or photographers :)

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

A charming looking pair

Lucka said...

Cute couple. I like the water color too. Have a great weekend.

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Gerald and Lucka. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit with the Gulls on Message in a Milk Bottle!

Lucy

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