Gulls in the wind

June 21, 2008 at 17:50 | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Gulls in the wind

It’s been a pretty unpleasant day today. Barrow reverted to form with heavy rain and a strong wind from the south-east blowing right along the dock. Not much fun for humans. But is it too anthropomorphic to suggest that the gulls are having a great time?

These, as attentive readers of this blog may remember, are lesser black-blacked gulls, Larus fuscus, of which one in twelve of the entire world population is a Barrovian. In any conditions, it’s hard to avoid the conclusion when you watch them over the dock that these masters of flight spend much of their time flying, not for survival, but for the sheer joy of flying. On a windy day like this it’s even more impressive, as the birds just hang there, stationary and riding on the wind with the merest twitching of wing feathers to keep them there. Then they simply swerve away, only to return to the games seconds later. Magic!

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