Where Did Everyone Go! - Baby Seagull - NZ by AndreaEL

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Sunday morning up early ready to spend the day with our good friends in rural Southland. We were looking forward to sharing a wonderful meal, catching up and enjoying a perfect day. We packed the car and headed towards our destination which was an hour away. We are both always in awe of the sheer beauty of the rural country side, lush green pastures, sheep grazing, dairy & deer farms flashing past as we traveled. Not far from our destination we spotted a large colony of seagulls along the river banks in the distance.
We found a graveled turn off and cracked our way slowly down the dusty road. We trudged off like intrepid explorers across the river bed with cameras in hand and ready for action. The scenery around the river was spectacular with wild lupines in flower along the pebbled river banks, still pools and reflections, blue skies with scattered clouds and lush green trees and shrubs. That alone was simply breath taking.
As we got closer to the seagull colony it was overwhelming, the clattering wings, shrill warnings, and the ground that swarmed with movement and noise. We stopped from time to time to take in what we can only describe as breath taking, both totally in awe and lost in the seagulls little world on the small embankment where the river splits forming a small island.
They swooped, screeched, and circled as we carefully made our way amongst the many nests. At first we did not see the chicks that had hatched; they were so well camouflaged against the rocks. The parents continued to circle round us like a revolving ball that dangles from the centre of the ceiling in a disco, surrounded by its smaller counterparts. Like the mirrors that catch the light and reflect it around the room, their shadows flashed past us on the ground. The screeches and calls were like music playing from a band at full volume, almost defining; it felt like we were both on another planet, the atmosphere was amazing. We were both lost in their little world briefly, and conscious that there were eggs and baby chicks that needed tending to by their parents. We slowly made our way back towards the car still taking it all in, loosing track of time, arriving for lunch a little later than planed.
Please view the incredible youtube video that Keith filmed and produced using his Sony Xperia X10 Android phone, he has done an amazing job.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Nov. 2010 Southland

Featured 9th April 2011




Birds of a feather – Amazing Footage – Very Noisy

A Closer Look At The Nest

Flying Chaos

* Heading Towards The Colony*


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My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 3 years ago

    oh that is such a great capture!

  • Thank you Charmiene for your kind words & lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Brenda Burnett
    Brenda Burnettover 3 years ago

    So adorable Andrea. Wonderful photo. Great job. Brenda

  • Thank you Brenda for your kind words & lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • John44
    John44over 3 years ago

    Very beautiful shot with a perfect point of view Andrea

  • Thank you John for your kind words & lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture. Such a beautiful little creature.

  • Thank you Bunny for your kind words & lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 3 years ago

    beautiful photography Andrea

  • Thank you Lynn for your kind words & lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Rose Gallik
    Rose Gallikover 3 years ago

    I so love him!!! LOVE IT!

  • Thank you Rose, for your kind words & lovely comment, much appreciated. They are so soft, I wanted to pick them all up and take them home…

    – AndreaEL

  • bubblehex08
    bubblehex08over 3 years ago

    please submit also in the group ‘Everything begins’!

  • Thank you MarieJo, I have done so.

    – AndreaEL

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thank you

    – AndreaEL

  • MaeBelle
    MaeBelleover 3 years ago

    Andrea,this is so good♥ what a cute little fellow he is! Great capture,:o)) God Bless,Mae

  • Thank you Mae for your kind words & lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoover 3 years ago

  • Thank you

    – AndreaEL

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