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Picture of Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) couple sitting on roof pipe in Northern Norway

February 17th, 2008 · 11 Comments

Picture of seagull pair sitting on roof pipe in Northern Norway
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera April 18th 2007. Click image for larger view.
I’m a big fan of seagulls so that is why they keep popping up on my site all the time 🙂
In this picture you can see a Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) couple sitting on a roof pipe watching over the neighborhood.
These birds have a highly developed language and I have been trying to understand what the different seagull cries mean. I believe I understand most of the cries and I know when there is a danger coming or food to be found. Knowing the different seagull cries can be helpful when you are out fishing on the sea and look for the same fish shoals that the seagull feeds of.
The seagulls also have some special cries for warning each other about white-tailed eagles (sea eagles) approaching. Those cries can be helpful if you want to observe or photograph eagles.

Check out another picture of roof sitting bird. This time a photo of a raven.

Information about the picture:
Camera: Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/640)
Aperture: f/8
Focal Length: 150 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm F3.5-4.5
Location: Ånstad (Andørja), Troms in Northern Norway

Tags: Birds · Clouds · Nature · Norway Norwegen Norge · Seagull · Sky

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 AVCr8teur // Feb 17, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    Nice photo of the seagulls against the sky. Were you on the roof because you look like you were at the same height?

  • 2 Thomas Laupstad // Feb 17, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    Thanks 🙂
    I was in the neighbor house at the second floor.

  • 3 machinehuman // Feb 18, 2008 at 6:16 am

    Beautiful picture.

  • 4 Dizzy Dee // Feb 18, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Seaguls are beautiful birds, but they have such a reputation of being really ‘rude’ birds (and a well deserved reputation too). They can become quite aggressive whenever there’s food involved!

    Still, this picture is such a nice reminder of being at the coast. I miss living close to the coast, and envy that you have so much time to analyze their cries. I would love doing something like that.

  • 5 Tom // Feb 18, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    I enjoy photographing seagulls as well here in the U.S. Unfortunately, some species, like herring gulls and ring-billed gulls can be pests on inland waters. Our federal government sometimes has to come in and remove whole nesting colonies from building because they are such pests. Unfortunate, but true. Beautiful image, I like the darkness to it, and how the highlights of the gulls aren’t blown at at all.

    Tom

  • 6 Sue // Feb 18, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Thomas, I love the way the gulls stand out against that beautiful dark sky. Your photography skills show as the whole picture is made up of dark elements and yet each shows so very clearly. I love all birds and these housesitters are no exception. As an artist, I just love your photography.

  • 7 Carol // Feb 18, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Maybe it’s the dark background, but for some reason this photo looks like a promo for a Hitchcock movie, don’t you think? I live near Puget Sound in Washington State and we have many seagulls here too. Usually, they just poop on us or steal French fries though. 🙂

  • 8 2sweetnsaxy // Feb 20, 2008 at 6:36 am

    Man! I just love the picture of the birds!

  • 9 BadEvan // Feb 24, 2008 at 4:58 am

    I don’t know why, but this photo kind of creeps me out. Like the birds are planning something…Thanks a lot Hitchcock.

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