Yawning gull


When I’m walking around New York City with my camera I expect to get a variety of types of photos: street scenes, architecture, cityscapes and basic tourist shots.

I don’t expect to come home with wildlife photo, the subject of my photo of the week.

But I did get a wildlife shot during a 2016 visit to NYC, thanks to a cooperative seagull I encountered.

We were walking along the water near the southern tip of Manhattan, an area with an excellent — though distant — view of the Statue of Liberty, when I saw a seagull calling while perched on a piling. I watched the bird for a few minutes and thought about trying to get a photo. But I had a wide-angle lens on my camera, which meant I’d have to be a few feet from the bird to get a usable shot.

So I slowly walked toward the piling, expecting the bird to fly off.

But it didn’t.

So I moved closer.

The seagull looked at me, then went back to calling.

So I moved within about an arm’s length of the piling.

The bird looked at me again, then went back to calling.

I took a few photos.

I was pleased with how the this photo turned out. The overcast sky in the background had just enough touches of blue and shadow areas to provide an interesting backdrop for the seagull.

Then I went back to photographing New York City, my subject for the day.

Each week I will post a photo from my collection with an explanation of how I got the shot. Previous photos of the week are in the archives.


Date/time: Aug. 31, 2016, 1:04 p.m.  
Location: 40°42'4.999" N 74°0'55.999" W (Show in Google Maps)  
Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II  
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L (32mm)  
Aperture: f/6.3  
Shutter: 1/1600th second  
ISO: 200