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Sometimes You Just Have to Shoot Seagulls

Seagull in Winter

Sometimes You Just Have to Shoot Seagulls

Sometimes You Just Have to Shoot Seagulls. I bet I got your attention! Shoot, as in a photograph. The migratory bird act protects all bird species except those that have a specific hunting season. So, I’m talking about, …photograph 🙂

I can’t recall the number of times I have seen heated debates over the use of the words shot and shoot when it comes to photography on social media. The word stirs up some emotions. Some believe it is a harsh term to use. Even a vile word.

In order to make things appealing to both sides, replacing the word in my vocabulary might be a good idea.  I don’t wish to place a negative word along with promoting a beautiful image. Most certainly don’t have to change my vocabulary. But why upset people. Listen to them, understand them and then decide.

Today, the subject of my photography adventures were seagulls. Many people believe there is just one type of seagull, but there isn’t. There are several, at least twenty-eight types of species seen in North America. Just do a Google search and it might surprise you.

Seagull in Flight - Sometimes You Just Have to Shoot Seagulls

During the winter months there is usually some sort of action on the Fox River in Green Bay, WI. Ducks, eagles, geese and gulls are active.

Seagull eating fish

There has been a few rare bird sightings lately; like pelicans, that normally migrate and a Bonaparte’s Gull.

Here is the white pelican that decided to stay and endure Wisconsin winter:

Are You Lost? Here is the white pelican that decided to stay and endure Wisconsin winter

Have you ever seen a Bonaparte gull? They are pretty “sea gulls” Another bird we don’t see here in winter. This year I have, on several occasions.

The gulls were pretty active within my lens range, so they got the most attention today.

I did have one Canadian Goose flyby.

There was also one, lonely female mallard that came in.

The good news, I am finally getting the hang of using both the Canon EOS 6D  and Canon EOS 7D Mark II with the Tamron SP 150-600mm

For almost a year, I had swore I would never take a “good” picture of a bird in flight with the 6D and Tamron combo. It is a slower combo. Stationary birds were never an issue. BIF (Birds in flight) were getting the best of me.

With the 6D birds in flight can be achieved. You just have to slow down and make a true commitment to learning that you are not taking random sprays of pictures. The photo you want has to be calculated and well thought out. Which means you miss many picture frames in the middle.

You are not going to take ten frames of a bird crossing the sky. The Tamron and 6D combo can’t keep up. I need to be sure the lens is locked on for the picture I want. I hear it snap into focus; when that happens, depress the shutter.

Each time I return home my son asks what I captured, and how I did. My answer apparently has remained the same, “I was practicing those darn birds in flight.”

His response, “When you are going to stop practicing and take pictures?”

Hey B, I heard you loud and clear. Tomorrow.  Tomorrow, I will.  I have had plenty of panning practice…now, let’s take some pictures.

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