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Lesser Black-backed Gull – giving me quite a fixed stare!  The medium to pale grey upperwings are typical of this bird, and the dark markings on the white head appear in winter.

This is one of the common, larger gulls in the UK, being found around coasts and lakes, and also as a scavenger in towns.  I grew up alongside gulls in a seaside town and have always liked them and viewed them as a normal part of the landscape, but many think otherwise, both because of the mess that these birds can make around human habitation, and for their sometimes aggressive behaviour.  Walking around south Bristol, taking photographs for this blog’s Outer Suburbs series, I sometimes have these gulls come down to have a look at me, but as I’m never carrying/eating any food there’s no problem – although I do always invite them to come down and try their luck – if they’d like a spot of bother, that is …

Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens used in APS-C mode to give 450mm; 800 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Neutral v2 profile; Herons Green, Chew Valley Lake, Somerset; 18 Oct 2019.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer - using mono, colour and combinations of the two - many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous, trying new ideas, working in multiple genres. And I've a weakness for Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. The gulls at the beach when we lived in jersey would swoop down and steal French fries (chips?) right out of your hand. Scary!!! Aggressive little buggers.


  2. paula graham says:

    Yes, what a stare..he is not amused.


  3. bluebrightly says:

    A very nice angle and terrific look, Adrian!


  4. Meanderer says:

    That is an intimidating stare! Maybe I’ve got it wrong and need to show a bit of attitude to them when they are near. A bird phobia from childhood means my instinct is to duck, dive and run away which is most annoying as I love birds.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      LOL! from my Kenya days, I remember that it really wasn’t wise to try and mess about with Ostrich (!!!), but otherwise birds are alright – and simply looking at them often makes them think twice. A

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      • Meanderer says:

        I shall try it whilst also trying to wipe clean the thought that they will peck my eyes out in the process 🙂


        • Adrian Lewis says:

          It does work – and you don’t even need to fix them with a steely eyed glare. From my birding days, I know that one of the ways to try to get close to a bird (and esp a large bird) is NOT to look at it, while approaching it along a direction that is NOT straight towards it, but rather at an angle to it. 🙂

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