The Florida Gulf is haven to thousands of migratory birds. Some stop over on their way further south and some winter in the gulf before heading north. The gulls however are full time residents and they are nasty.
In our short time here we have seen them attack a little girl holding a cookie and swoop in and steal an ice cream cone from a man walking on a pier.
This “patrol” is standing watch on Pier 60 in Clearwater Beach looking for unsuspecting people carrying food items.
Atlantic City is fun at dawn. Most people are sleeping or still desperately gambling. You may see a runner or bike rider or someone out for a walk, but even in Summer the beach and boardwalk are relatively deserted. The morning is reserved for fisherman and gulls and an ocassional photographer like myself.
It always amazes me how quickly the sun rises. In Atlantic City, or any eastern facing beach for that matter you get a clear view of the horizon. From the time of this picture until the sun is fully out of the water is only about 5 minutes so you have to have a plan. Just me and the gull and the sea. You can buy a print of this one and see others at my commercial gallery.
I love the way shore birds seem to rise up to greet the rising sun. At the beach in Atlantic City there are mostly gulls but hearing them call out to the morning sun is a great way to start any day and is soothing to the soul. You c see other images and buy prints at my commercial site.