Down by Oriental Bay this morning the gulls and white fronted terns were hanging out on the jetty, facing into the breeze. From time to time one would seem to lose its balance and fly off the jetty, around and then land again, like the tern in this photo. Just look at the curve on the tern’s wing as it banks. You can see it clearly in the larger version.
I took the opportunity to fool around with my camera, trying out various settings. Of the several dozen pictures I took, I found these three interesting, for the shapes of the flying birds. The gulls are very used to people. This gull wanted to watch what I was up to and was really ‘rubbernecking’, stretching up like a giraffe. I’d never realised before that you can see right through a gull’s beak.
Click on the thumbnails for larger versions.