Thanks BBW. The gull was distracted trying to balance on the post. I walked right up to it and to the two shots, one as it stood there and the next as it gave up and flew off. the first is full width with a minor crop top and bottom and the flying one has a very minor crop all around. I was very close!Mal and Will - thanks so much - these are really wonderful to see!
Mal, I'm impressed with that Raynox extension added to the D-Lux 3 and, that swan is a beauty on the almost black waters.
Will, very cool and very different gull shots great angles - that first one, he looks as though he landed about 3 feet from you! I think I recognize that weird "sea monster" in the background rising from the deep.