Surfing gulls

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The waves running alongside the pier were well over three metres high at times. The gulls floated silently in the troughs in a group all facing the current and flew up above the swell as it came. And then settled down again. On and on. One really had the impression that it was some kind of sport.
10/03/2016 - 09:28Grodgeman
CategoryHumour / Fun
Shutter Speed1/250
Focal Length80mm


Link Posted 10/03/2016 - 09:37


Link Posted 10/03/2016 - 13:44
Love that sea.
Come and see the beautiful things I see in the ordinary world.


Link Posted 11/03/2016 - 01:04
Probably was sport. They clearly enjoy flying simply for flying's sake and in this particular case they are taking advantage of the "ground effect" in which the air gets compressed slightly under the wings when the bird gets close to a surface. This pushes the bird up and clear of surging waves - it must be great fun!
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Link Posted 11/03/2016 - 08:23
You are without doubt right about the aorodynamics.
I had suspected something of the kind, being a product of balsa wood, Britfix, airfoil sections, aspect ratios, rubber power, towline glider launching, Keil Kraft and Frog times, but did not dare to imagine gratuitous fun-seeking in gulls.
I had never seen or paid attention to this behaviour before, but the birds really did seem to know what they were doing and were quite deliberate about it.
It was an intriguing change from the endless perching, strutting, circling or squawking after fishing boats.
Time off.
We do tend to underestimate the affective and intellectual content of other life forms.
In a word, it was fascinating.
Anyway, I too loads of picture of different phases of the "sport".
How do I fit "gullible" into the above?


Link Posted 15/03/2016 - 18:05
Otherwise known as WIGE - wing in ground effect! Nice series of shots!

Photography is not a sport. It has no rules. Everything must be dared and tried! (Bill Brandt)
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