After several warm, spring-like, sunny days here in the Puget Sound area, it’s back to our normal rainy pattern for this time of year. But, yeah, it’s February, and as any well seasoned Puget Sounder knows, spring usually comes early to the west coast. I say USUALLY because last year our spring came late and didn’t want to leave even though the calendar said it was summer! I’m keeping my fingers and legs crossed for a no-repeat event.
Waiting for these days of warmth and sunshine, blooming flowers, and familiar spring songs of birds can seem to drag on, especially day after day of grey skies and drizzle. The one familiar sound of birds that can be heard year round are from the numerous varieties of seagulls. If you live near the Sound or ocean, chances are you’ll find good opportunities to photograph them. Rain or sunshine, they’re out and about!
The best opportunity for great gull shoots is a “feeding frenzy.” Find someone feeding them with bread and you’ll have lots of fun capturing all the crazy antics of the birds diving, hovering, and screaming with mouths wide open. Make sure you have your camera set on a fast shutter speed if you want to freeze their mid-air action. It’s also a good idea to pan the camera, following the bird’s flight path for better focus and frame positioning. With all that said, it still can be quite a challenge. Just keep taking lots and lots of photos! Keep taking them until the source of food runs out. You’re bound to get a few good shots out of the bunch!