The Hungry Chick

It was a good day for bird spotting, with local sightings of greenfinches, goldfinches, pied wagtails. Even a kestrel. For once though the herring gulls are going to take pride of place. These shots are part of a longer sequence I took on the grass banks just outside the buildings at work. The gull on the right is a semi-mature herring gull (judging by the plumage it looks like a 2-year old). It was supremely uninterested in feeding the fledgling.

Herring gull chick and juvenile

Herring gull chick and juvenile

Herring gull chick and juvenile

Herring gull chick and juvenile

One bonus shot tonight. It doesn’t really fit, but I like it and I did see it today. I’d heard the green woodpeckers in the woods when I was over at Seven Sisters this morning, and grabbed a few frames as one flew across the fields in its unmistakeable bobbing flight pattern. The background makes all the difference to this kind of distant-bird-flying image.

Green woodpecker in flight

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens.

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  1. derwandersmann August 1, 2014 at 1:01 am #

    The fledgling certainly makes its desire plain enough.

    • Words August 2, 2014 at 12:14 am #

      dW, there are lots of fledgling gulls around right now, many staying on the ground though they can all fly a bit. It makes for a very noisy place/

  2. Andy August 1, 2014 at 1:21 am #


    • Words August 2, 2014 at 12:14 am #

      Cheers Andy!

  3. Darko August 1, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

    I like how they demand the food, submissive but persistent 😀

    • Words August 2, 2014 at 12:15 am #

      Darko, very persistent but I think the adults are beginning to force them to sort out their own food.