This July, the last half in particular, has been an enormous amount of rain for Central Ohio. That’s bad for motorcycles, but seagulls don’t seem to mind. I rode a lot in spite of the rain this weekend and I thought of the seagull’s tenacity and ability to thrive in any weather and in any environment.
Seagulls tend to show up in my photography often. I shoot what draws my interest the most.
Seagulls Fishing At Dillon Dam Near Zanesville, Ohio
These seagulls at Dillon Dam were diving for fish.
I can watch seagulls for hours. What I found interesting this time was that I never seen them dive underwater before. At the 1:25 mark of this video, you can see one dive and resurface a few seconds later.
I didn’t get a photo today. When that happens I go back a few days and see what didn’t make it before and choose from those. Some days you can get a bunch, others life gets in the way.
Seagulls are my favorite birds to watch. They are supreme survivalists and opportunists. They show up everywhere, from the deserts to the oceans. They’re not afraid of anything and they’re always checking us humans out to see if we’re got anything for them.
These birds seemed to actually enjoy the snowstorm.
I’ve never understood the animosity towards seagulls, commonly referred to as “Sky Carp”. Sure, they’re common and they can be scavengers, but these birds are highly adaptive survivors.
Today the snow let up enough to take pictures and these seagulls at Buckeye Lake were thriving in temperatures that were in the low 20’s.
I really started to enjoy watching seagulls when I first seen them in the deserts of California. It was freezing in January in the Mojave. The thought that anything could be thriving in such a inhospitable environment seemed amazing to me. I thought they were primarily water birds too, but it turns out that they are in just about every corner of the Earth, even Antarctica.
I’ve read that seagulls are a symbol of freedom. Maybe that’s why so many find them intolerable? That kind of hate without a good specific reason as to why attitude happens with freedom too.
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