Local Heart, Global Soul

March 5, 2019

A Penguin Faced, Googly-Eyed Gull ?…

The gull that came to pick up the seed (for wild birds) at our accommodation, really made me smile. I don’t know if it was that his eyes look a bit like those jangly stick-on googly eyes or that his/her black markings on the head look like Mother Nature accidently stuck a modified version of a penguin head on top of a gull body.  I must say he had some skill standing on one leg when he needed to scratch his nose, oops, I mean beak, I was most impressed. The patio outside our Bruinisse holiday home in Zeeland was a definite draw for the birds, and I had so much fun trying out the telephoto lens I had saved up for and finally bought. Not only are these my photographic testing grounds but also reference material for my drawing books.   I learned that beaks and feet are bigger than I thought, bird heads are smaller… but most of all I am impressed by how beautiful they are, how wonderfully the “mechanics” of these little flight machines works, and how feathers are so much more detailed than I thought.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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