Whenever I get the chance, I walk beaches looking for interesting shells, sand patterns, birds, … Last fall, just a week before Superstorm Sandy, I came across a number of Sea Gulls acting unusual. They clearly were frolicking and playing with no abandonment, letting their guard down, unaware I was spying. They should have been seriously scavenging, or fishing or what-ever they’re supposed to be doing.
In particular, I saw two of these Herring Gulls – one surfing (waiting for the perfect wave,) and the other …shadow playing (like a care-free child!) To avoid embarrassing them, I did not reveal my presence. But, later I wondered if they knew the big storm was on its way and, (expecting the end of the world,) figured…”what the hell!”
These 7 images are from New Jersey’s Awesome Island Beach State Park.
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Above: Waiting for the perfect wave.
Above: ” Whoooo! There it is, Kowabunga!” Above: “Oh yeah! ready, ready…. here it comes…” Above: “Awww,” (or is it “Cawww!”) “Give me a break! That was nothin’.” Above: (Gull # 2) “Doe de doe de doe, Look, I’m a Bald Eagle!” Above: “And you thought the Aflac Duck was talented!”