The troupe of Wigeons left False Creek pond a few weeks ago. So did most of the Mallards and the Canada Geese. Last Thursday the little pond was mostly occupied by a posse of Glaucous-winged Gulls.
I decided recently that I take too many pictures, so some days I choose to leave my camera at home. But I always have my iPhone with me. So, I end up taking iPhone fuzzies. I’ve done this a few days now… I see something awesome… it is not camera day… and out comes the iPhone… and hmmm… I’m at full zoom… is that a bird or a leaf? The iPhone is quite good at taking pictures of flowers and landscapes, but birds… not so much. My point-and-shoot doesn’t take the awesomest bird pictures… but I can usually take just-recognizable to good photos.
The feather flapping of the gulls last Thursday was irresistible. They were beating their wings against the water. They were flying away short distances and flying back, swooping down for a spectacular landing. I stood behind a “window” framed by bushes and trees and snapped away with my iPhone. The images lack detail but the gulls look like gulls. And though their bodies have blurred outlines, their majestic wing displays still look pretty cool.
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