Aggressive behaviour
Aggressive behaviour
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Posted in Categories: Birds -  Defiled -  

The silver gull, commonly refered to as a seagull here, is a somehwat fearless and persistant scavenger. Despite being a coastal bird they have spread over much of mainland Australia, taking advantage of our rather messy and wasteful feeding habits. This shot was taken about 30km inland on the banks of the Swan river. Open a bundle of fish and chips anywhere in Australia - and silver gulls will appear out of nowhere - and put on displays like you see above. Not just begging, but demanding food, I have seen them actually swoop and grab food out of my wife's hand. The message here is don't feed them. They are now in epidemic proportions in most of Australia, and less than 5% of their diet comes from traditional sources, the balance coming from our rubbish bins, tips, and well meaning picnicers. Camera: Lumix FZ10
Shutter: 1/400 sec.
Aperture: F/4
Postprocessing: Cropping, levels, selective sharpening
ISO: 50
FL: 72 mm (420mm)
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1 Comments on "Aggressive behaviour"

  • ViSuaLLyMiNDeD // 2005-03-07 09:23:16

    excellent capture, I can't believe how big that bird's mouth is! also nice exposure and clarity, which is hard to achieve in such shots.

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