Excuse my language, but these birds OF the sea are aptly called by my brother, who also lives ON the sea, “shit hawks!” They poop everywhere and mob the migratory hawks and ospreys that make a living hunting from the air, and in many respects, they are just plain thugs and mobsters.
I walked over to the marina at Pillar Point and saw these seagulls landing on parked cars and on the tops of pilings and decided that I would attempt to take photographs of them while dodging the loads they unleashed in their attempt to shit on me. I have seen them shit on picnickers, myself included, that makes you get up and run and then they dive bomb your food and steal it away. A woman who had purchased fish and chips in Morro Bay and had rested her goodies on the top of her car before she climbed inside, had 10 or more birds attack the bag before she could do a thing about it. She drove away in disgust and the seagulls got a free meal.
I was able to capture one seagull in action unloading a dump and my experiment worked. I proved my point and the seagulls did exactly what I thought they were going to do. Thank goodness I was on to their game and kept a close eye on them while filming their antics. They are beautiful in flight never the less, and as long as they don’t poop on me, I will appreciate the power of their wings and the grace with which they take to the sky.