Herring Gull Larus argentatus at a city centre food source.  An adult, in breeding plumage.

Gulls?  Rats with wings is one name I’ve heard for them but, as always, I love them, having grown up alongside them all those years ago – this is a photo for you, Lynn, my ex-birder friend – enjoy!

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 6400 ISO; Lightroom, using the Velvia/Vivid film simulation; Welsh Back, central Bristol; 2 Feb 2018.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. Meanderer says:

    I like the colours in this image. The bright green of the bin lid really stands out and contrasts well with the monotone gull.

    We have a small flock of starlings around at the moment, performing mini-murmurations 🙂


  2. bluebrightly says:

    City center habitat? Indeed! Very amusing, with the dangling banana peel! And at the same time, a fine portrait, with all the field marks there, so distinctive, and that look, at once placid and unhurried, yet clever and hungry. Aw gee, thank you. 🙂
    I think you’d enjoy our Flicker – not sure you have anything like these woodpecker relatives who prefer ants and will feed on the ground as well as on trees. They are powerful, and lately the male is drumming wholeheartedly on the gutter just outside the bedroom window – so far, not too early, but as days lengthen that will change. 🙂
    See the extensive advice about dealing with Flicker drumming in this Washington state bulletin. But we love him – awesome energy!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Hahaha! >>> I love this about scaring Flickers off!!! Although it may not be related, we do have the similar Green Woodpecker – they are calling around here now – they do get onto trees, but its common to see them going after ants in the lawns. A 🙂


  3. Sallyann says:

    Rats with wings? I’ve always thought the pigeons had that title nailed, gulls remind me more of foxes. 😊


  4. Dina says:

    Lovely capture, Adrian!


  5. papershots says:

    gulls at sea or seaside I love. they seem so majestic and in wonderful sync with nature. gulls in cities I am scared of. They get so aggressive. I was attached by one of them last year… twice.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Well, I grew up beside gulls, at the seaside, and am at ease with them. Once or twice, when walking in the suburbs here, they have had a speculative look at me, wondering if I’m worth the swoop – and I’ve always invited them down, but they’ve never accepted the invitation. Being attacked by Great Skuas on the Shetland Isles was something else again – far more ferocious!

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      • papershots says:

        “a speculative look at me”… wonderful (and funny) way of putting it. it’s true. they do look at you as if they were thinking exactly what you said. 🙂 i’ve also been told they get aggressive in towns and cities because it’s not their ideal habitat and feel threatened all the time.


        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Haha! glad my phrase got to you! You may be right about their feeling threatened in cities, but in biological terms they are highly successful opportunists, predators, kleptoparasites and scavengers, and they are more than likely forever alert for the possibility of a (often stolen) meal! 🙂

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