Coming in to land!

Project Description

What is exciting or interesting to you about your photo(s)? The seagull is coming in to land with its undercarriage down and its flaps up! What are you most proud of? Capturing the seagull in flight. The original photograph is far larger but I noticed that the gull is frozen in flight, and is just about to land on a rock. It has its legs relaxed ready to alight and feathers are up at the back of the wings, rather as the "flaps" go up on an aircraft when coming in to land as part of the braking system. This is something we don't normally notice in birds as it all happens so quickly.

What you will need

  • Nikon D3200 DSLR camera

Q&A with patz in suffolk

interesting action shot and thanks for the explanation of the aeronautical principles here. Its good when a picture reveals more than you thought it would. Was this a Suffolk seagull?
patz in suffolk answered:
Thank you, Geoff! No - this was a Land's End seagull photographed whilst we were in Cornwall at the end of May.
banjolady asked:
patz in suffolk answered:
Thank you!
Ladymax asked:
This is a fab photo. So clear that it seems you must have been right there next to the seagull.
patz in suffolk answered:
It's actually a detail of a larger photograph although the seagulls do come in close and can sometimes be quite a nuisance! Thank you for your kind remarks.
Heather Greene asked:
wow!!! You are awesome!
patz in suffolk answered:
Thank you, but I'm still very much a learner - most of the kudos should go to the camera!!!
Sharonrenee asked:
Wow, this is a beautiful photo.
patz in suffolk answered:
Thank you! It was quite a surprise to me!