Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Gull at dinner
I admire gulls of all kinds, as I have said before on this blog and will say again and again. As an erstwhile small-plane pilot I love to watch them swing and soar, wheel and plummet, executing maneuvers only dreamed about at Top Gun. They are beautiful birds, too, with aerodynamic lines second to none.
Yesterday evening on the shore of western Lake Superior the water was calm and the air absolutely windless, enticing flocks of dragonflies out from the beach. The gulls went into a frenzy of feeding, swooping and rolling, flicking into split-S turns, sending me into a paroxysm of shooting with my Pentax and a long zoom lens.
One of the shots turned out to capture a gull in mid-snatch, slamming to a halt in the air as it deployed its speed brake and dropped its landing gear. Click on it for a better look at the dragonfly it nailed.