Sea Fever ~ The Wayward Gull, for Dort by artwhiz47

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Well, Doro, you asked for it… (that would be Dorothy Thomson, RedBubbler Extraordinaire, also known [by me] as Dot, Dotty, Dottier, but not yet as Doddering or Dropsical). This Dort has posted a couple of excellent Gull-Being-Ogled-By-Disembodied-Swan-Head shots, & my photo, while not being of the highest quality, represents the Gull Way as often seen on my balcony at the Atlantis Oceanfront Inn in Gloucester, Massachusetts. This particular individual was no Jonathan Livingston Seagull (who I always thought was a bit of a twit anyway), & he did put Food, not Freedom, first at all times. He/she was not in the least put off by my presence, came right in for a highly-anticipated landing on the narrow railing seen here. But he couldn’t get a purchase; his feet went every which way, & after a few flusters & flummoxes, one of which resulted in this peculiar bit of derring-do, he plunked down on the balcony floor where bits of bread awaited. He did take off once or twice, casting dubious looks at me as you can see, but he never cleared the rail… not because he COULDN’T, but because there was still FOOD in the offing. But the best was yet to come. When the bread was gone & he’d decided persistence was futile, instead of taking off in more or less normal fashion, he decided to squeeze between the bars of the railing. He was not in the least panicky or whelmed by the circumstances ~ he just thought that going through the bars was the Thing To Do. But the process, though successful, was only marginally so… took him a number of twistings & torquings, with one wing sticking through, then the other, feet flapping on the bottom rail. Had I known how long this Major Effort would take, I’d’ve geared up for some video, but alas. In the end, he broke free, FREE, only to be pursued by a pair of terrific Common Crows (nothing common about them, rest assured) who literally ruled that roost. None of the gulls could get anywhere against them, but that’s another story.

Herring Gull ~ Gloucester, Massachusetts ~ just another day with the dippy denizens, Dort. Askance hardly covers it….

A short bio, eh? I am Sheila, & I am short.

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  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 3 years ago

    A story and a half, Sheila, and a grand capture of the winged miscreant, to boot, as it escaped from the home for wayward buoys and gulls.

  • I could’ve made it into TWO stories, but they’d probably have jettisoned me from this here RedBubble. I first saw Gents’ & Ladies’ labelled ‘Buoys’ & ‘Gulls’ in 1964, when Mom & I made our inaugural visit to Cape Ann. A restaurant in Rockport had these designators, & I remember seeing a young boy standing before the doors, puzzling & puzzling. He finally went through the politically correct one. This buoy/gull gull’s actions between the uprights were absolutely, unimpeachably hysterical. If he/she/it had been stressed or panicky, I’d have been worried (& would have retreated indoors), but despite the idiocy of the maneuvers, it was a kind of leisurely exercise. Oh, for that video! Thanks, Mikey.

    – artwhiz47

  • Dorothy Thomson
    Dorothy Thomsonover 3 years ago

    Yep that’s a Gull for ya, Food,Food………..FOOOOOD!!! Love the look in that Eye!!!

  • Ha HA, Doro! We do do good work, don’t we? I keep going back to that Disembodied Swan Head… it is SO good!! Thanks for everything.

    – artwhiz47

  • Gene Walls
    Gene Wallsover 3 years ago

    Wonderful shot and a very captivating story, Sheila! Great to see back on the RedBubble again!

  • Yes, I have returned from my Flotsam & Jetsam period away… which is not to say that I was a wreck before I left. Though it could be argued that I’m less of a wreck now. Apart from all that… thanks, Gene! I probably wouldn’t have posted this bit of fluff & squawk if it hadn’t been for Dorothy’s brilliant bits of work. Now I’m glad I did.

    – artwhiz47

  • watercolors1
    watercolors1over 3 years ago

    Ah yes he’s giving you that old one two look. Kinda dumb, but a great to story to accompany him. Must of missed him when you and I were there, probably because the afternoon didn’t include food on the balconey.

  • You are exactly right. The food fights didn’t begin until Thursday afternoon after the wind died some, & they continued when Richelews were there. But the crows dominated, utterly. Thanks, Peggy.

    – artwhiz47

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyover 3 years ago

    Fabulous capture Sheila, that seagull is looking right down your lens looking at you.

  • He/she/it gave me several searing looks, but I & the camera survived! Thanks, Gary, & for the favorite, kind sir.

    – artwhiz47

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 3 years ago

    Hello……………………neat shot Sheila you weren’t eating CHIPS at the time by ant chance :o) xx

  • Heh, heh… no, if I’d had chips instead of just dry ol’ bread, he’d probably have come in for a landing on my head. Or at least pooped on it. Thanks, Robin.

    – artwhiz47

  • Fred Taylor
    Fred Taylorover 3 years ago

    WOW I love this shot !!! It is amazing how well you have captured the gull looking at you, great timing !! I love the story, i so laughed at him/her twisting and torquing to get through the rails. Brilliant :-)

  • Fred Taylor
    Fred Taylorover 3 years ago

    A photo of the gull stuck in the rails would have been priceless !

  • Well, I thought I’d replied to your excellent comments, but hmmm. Don’t think I’m that far gone, & just recently, I KNOW that one reply disappeared from my view….. Anyway, I’ll check back to make sure this one gets through. Thanks, in other words, & for the fave. Yes, I’m sorry I missed catching that action, but it was still pretty windy & hard to pick your shots!

    – artwhiz47

  • James Gibbs
    James Gibbsover 3 years ago

    How cool! Excellent work!

  • Thanks much, James. I was lucky he didn’t careen into my face; was ready to duck!

    – artwhiz47

  • Meg Hart
    Meg Hartover 3 years ago

    “C’mon lady, put that thing down and throw me some more FOOD!!”…Look at that eye – he’s definitely trying to psyche you out!…Well done Sheila!! :)

  • He’d have to get up pretty early in the morning (& trust me, he does) to psyche me out. My room is on the top floor, & when the wind & surf aren’t roaring, I often hear these fellows stomping about on the roof. The search for sustenance is an arduous one. Thanks, Meg.

    – artwhiz47

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