Thursday, August 20, 2009

Paris seagulls


Those who are long time followers of this blog already know that there are seagulls in Paris (remember this photo?) And I found a new proof of their presence this morning, by the Seine embankment. These Larus ridibundus (!) were getting a nice tan on top of the flower market buildings! Isn't that cool? From what I read on the web, these birds are now pretty common in Paris. The building in the back belongs to La Conciergerie BTW.)

24 comments:

  1. I love the repetitions echoed (!) in this photo, Eric. The birds, the fence and the facade in the distance. What a graphically wonderful shot!

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  2. Like the tag line for the movie said: The birds is coming! I remember wondering why these birds were so far inland. Funny you should post this, because I just got back from from a day at the beach where we were bothered by brazen seagulls.
    Petrea is so right about the composition of this shot.

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  3. I agree, the composition is great!

    I prefer seagulls to pigeons. Seagulls can get quite HUGE! We saw some in their nest on Alcatraz Island with some seagull chicks and the male looked the size of a Thanksgiving turkey.

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  4. The past seagull photo you linked is incredible! Somehow I missed that one the first time around.

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  5. Nice shot!

    A tan? Sure, if you say so ...

    Beware, though, these birds have never been told that Paris has free bathrooms and they continue to go wherever. In short, don't look up! ;)

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  6. Bibi from Belgrade posted a gull photo today, too. It's one she took while visiting here in Seattle and it features a mother gull and its egg.
    -Kim

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  7. This is such a classy backdrop for the seagulls! I love these birds, and your Paris seagulls look very different in color and beak shape from the ones on the west coast of the US.

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  8. Petrea hit it on the head - the repetitions are marvellous and also the link, as Suzy says. I missed that photo too. Amazing. We have many pigeons and seagulls in Gloucestershire and I love to photograph them. I think the Parisians are smarter though. Naturally.

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  9. The seagulls must have heard about the plage. :)
    Colette

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  10. That's a lovely setting for these little ones! I had no idea seagulls were in Paris.

    Ditto to ETSuzy - that other seagull photo of yours is spectacular!

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  11. Hey! I have a mother seagull(perhaps in peril...) on my blog today!

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  12. This is a great shot; the colours, the composition and the chic Parisien seagulls.

    Happy Birthday to delightful Anne Reeves ;-)

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  13. Oh these are lovely. Whenever I see seagulls I immediately associate them with.... the sea bien sur!

    Which is funny cause there's no sea in Paris!

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  14. If it had been a Sunday, it would have been birds at the bird market! WAY cool, in either case.

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  15. A chorus line of seagulls! how quaint for Paris!

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  16. I never noticed that the seagulls looked different in Paris - they're doe-eyed, if that's possible! I didn't remember the other photo of the seagull, either. Its one of those bird photos that make me think birds are really scary-looking and not cute at all. They wear their feathers like a disguise - a wolf in sheep's clothing!

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  17. Seagulls in Paris always remind me the marvellous book of Richard Bach "Jonathan Livingston Seagull".
    I read it again for the xth time last month. It's definitely great...

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  18. I agree with Tomate. Another name for these Larus ridibundus is theywill poopuponus!

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  19. Hmm,,,,Michael,,,, otherwise known as les Grey Poupon? Thib - haven't thought of that book in a long time - I must look for it again.

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  20. Since the city of Venice has now banned people from feeding the pigeons in St. Mark's square, they are looking for new toursit sites to get free food at.....and I think Paris is a much better choice!


    Sean

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  21. There is no such thing as a seagull...they are simply called gulls.

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  22. I have not lived in Paris, but there were no seagulls in Lyon or Clermont-Ferrand when I was there. When I lived in Geneve (2 different apartments) we had seagulls--but just outside of one of them! Such a funny thing, to see seagulls so far inland!

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