Green Turtle Gulls

As a challenge to myself, on each trip to Green Turtle Cay, I choose a different subject to photograph. In the past, I’ve focused on flowers, beaches, sunrises and sunsets. During our latest visit, I chose seagulls.

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Compared with the fat, dirty-grey seagulls we see on the west coast, the gulls in Green Turtle Cay, with their bright white bodies and jet-black heads and tails, are the prettiest I’ve ever seen.

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Photographing birds presented a special challenge, since our dog, Wrigley, loves to chase them. I’d bring a bag of stale bread to the dock, toss bits of it at my feet and into the water, and race to get in a few good shots before Wrigley interfered.bahamas, abaco, green turtle cay, seagull, bird

Yes, I know. I could have left him inside. But much as I enjoyed photographing the gulls, it was equally entertaining to watch Wrigley barreling down the dock, shooing the birds away and, just for spite, swiping their bread.

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Here — no thanks to Wrigley — are a few of my favourite shots.

  4 comments for “Green Turtle Gulls

  1. November 6, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Great photos! Love those Laughing Gulls.

  2. November 6, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Amanda –

    Great shots, even with the distraction and disturbance created by your little assist photographer, Mr. Wiggley (I know, Wrigley)!

    Not sure I can find the photo anymore (lost in my unsorted, uncategorized, huge file just called “vacation pix”) but, one day when we were down in Cherokee just hanging out and enjoying the cute little settlement, we (as in my travel buddy, photographer Nancy) caught a great picture of maybe 60-70 gulls all sitting on individual piling tops down the length of the long dock. It is a very good photo.

    Even though I tend to call them flying rats, we have pretty cool looking gulls here in Seattle. They are a naturally occurring hybrid that only exists from northern OR up through BC.

    – Gayle

    P.S. I’m really looking forward to seeing you, Tom, Wrigley and Fish Hooks during festival week next May. As I remember, I think I owe you guys a drink or 2!

  3. November 6, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Photo 2 is a cracker, Amanda!

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