Brazen (Two Photographs)
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Gulls are brazen thieves; they will investigate anything in the hope of food. In an earlier bird post I spoke about backgrounds, these are much better. If I had not had my camera up in my hand I would have missed this bird. Sometimes when the possibility of a bird in flight exists, I will hold my camera not pointing directly up but angled away from me and not hanging by my side. I will also have set the auto-focus and frame-rate. The seconds saved by having the camera ready makes it much easier to focus on the subject than on other things. I have had a few cases like this where the bird seemed to be coming right for me and I have to remember I am using a telephoto lens and the bird is not as close as it seems!