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Seagulls, what do you think?

Posted by William Djubin, May 25.

Seagulls? just asking other newbies.

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Reply by William Djubin, May 25.

Like a USA Zinfandel ---- they have their place; and sometimes are Beautiful.

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Reply by outthere, May 25.

They are scavengers that crap all over the place, especially on unsuspecting folks on the ground. Glad I live inland enough that we don't have to del with them. Personally they annoy me. Our West Coast varieties can be rather aggressive also... Just ask Tippy Hedron

 

And that's California Zinfandel and there are many iconic examples.

 

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Reply by dmcker, May 25.

Nice Bodega Bay shot, OT...

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Reply by dvogler, May 25.

 

The seagulls in Victoria are plentiful and well fed, but they're no match for our octopus!  I think this one's name is Seghesio.

 

 

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Reply by dmcker, May 25.

OK, I nominate this thread for Seagull Wars subject-matter treatment. Any objections?

 

 

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Reply by napagirl68, May 25.

OT, you just always bring a big smile and chuckle to me... I love your humor!

 

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Reply by dmcker, May 28.

Currently trying to decide between margaritas and tacos for dinner, or a Barbera and homemade pizza. While I'm deciding am remembering being divebombed at Eric Ericsson's on the Pier  in Ventura.

As a restaurant it sometimes has its issues, but in an earlier incarnation it was a HS datespot for me, thus a residual fondness. Plus it's on the Ventura Pier in prime location for ceremonial sundowners, and it serves properly tart margaritas.

On this occasion my ex-wife and our younger daughter were with me, elder daughter minding the fort back home in Tokyo. We were eating, but also enjoying a pitcher of those margaritas, at leisure. Next thing we know Hitchcock must be choreographing things. The ever-present seagulls were getting louder  and closer. Bouncing up and down on the patio railings. Screeching, ogling us and the food, moving, hopping and jerking closer. Transitioning from railing to neighboring chair backs to neighboring table tops. Then a swoop from upon high and my daughter's roll and butter get snagged. My wife gets batted by the wings. Another bird takes advantage of the confusion and grabs my wife's bread. Then a foolish gull tries for my swordfish, and unlike up in Bodega Bay the humans start fighting back. Which is actually something of a touchy proposition since they are to my knowledge still protected. Didn't help the one male gull that went for my main, though, as I slapped it back across the railing. 

It turned into a bit of a scene with the screeching and flapping birds, and dishes flying everywhere. Staff and management came out belatedly and apologized while cleaning things up. We ended up moving upstairs to the covered second floor veranda. Finished the margaritas, of course--even the second pitcher we were comped. Certainly created a lasting impression on my two companions.

 

Seagulls seem to instill and instigate strong emotions in people. I don't get the 'flying rats' analogy, since I thought that's what city pigeons were supposed to be. Over here in Japan the ravens/crows (crows as big as the biggest ravens) would (and do) gobble both of them up. But for that one instant on the Ventura Pier, I got where Hitchcock was coming from.

Perhaps predictably, I decided to go for the margaritas tonight. The Barbera will save, and tacos are easier to make than pizza, anyway.

 

As part of this remembrance, I'll post some photos showing the seagull wars, and the world they live in. It's bird eat bird (and bird eat anything else and anything else eat bird) out there! And obviously a seagull's gotta be tough to survive.

Kinda like the Ventura versions, attitudinally, anyway:

 

Seagull in Britain:

 

Seagull wanting chips with the fish:

 

Seagull 1, eel 0:

 

Seagull 1, starfish 0:

 

Santa Barbara seagull 1, pigeon 0:

 

Mystery seagull 1, pigeon 0:

 

Seagull 1, crab 0:

 

Seagull 1, puffin 0:

 

Seagull (teaming up with crow) 1, Vatican pigeon definitely 0:

 

Seagull 1, Tasmanian duckling about to be 0:

 

 

Seagull several, whale nothing but 0s:

 

 

 

Seagull 1, cape fur seal 0:

 

Seagulls 1, rock climbing human 0:

 

 

 

 

Next post I'll show the flip side of the seagull life...

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Reply by dvogler, May 28.

Thanks DM....(I was eating my breakfast....)

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Reply by dmcker, May 28.

Hey, it wasn't me who put up either Tippi Hedren and the Bodega Bay craziness, or octopussy-of-the-deep, to start the ball rolling. You think seagulls get queasy bellies? Tough up!   ;-)

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Reply by dmcker, May 29.

OK, so now the rest of the world's revenge on seagulls, coming right up! Just in time for another brekkie, DV!

 

Falcon 1, seagull a big 0:

 

Peregrine 1, seagull 0:

 

Mother duck and duckling 1, seagull 0:

 

Bald eagle 1, seagull 0:

 

Seagull pushing its luck with eagle, no score yet:

 

Seagull *really* pushing its luck; for the moment points to seagull:

 

Shark 1, seagull 0:

 

Another shark 1, seagull probably soon 0:

 

Polar bear 1, seagull about to be 0:

 

Human 1, seagull 0 (someone forgot to tell the well-dressed gentleman about their protected status):

 

 

 

Somehow seagulls aren't conducive to wine-desire for me. Tonight was bourbon and beer with pickles, cheese, and pastrami on a French-style pain de campagne. No seagulls came near. Though I could tell another story about sandwiches and chips and swooping seagull thieves on a beach at the southern tip of the Izu Peninsula below Mt. Fuji. I just watched the carnage, sipping my mi-chelada...

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Reply by dvogler, May 29.

Some cool photos there DM.  I feel the same about eating or drinking and seagulls, it's like having a glass of wine in hand, touring public toilets.  The last photo the guy most likely released it away from the food!  Maybe that's William!

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Reply by gregt, May 29.

!

Maybe!

Great photos guys. Damn dmucker - you must walk around with a camera ever at the ready. Cool stuff. I didn't know they were so predatory.

Nor did I know an octopus could catch one. How would he even do it? Swim upside down until he saw one land? But I thought they lived close to the bottom? I've learned so much about octopuses on this forum . . .

 

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Reply by JonDerry, May 29.

Enjoyed the photos, especially the attacks against the gulls. Some very unlikely attacks I would've thought...a shark? 

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Reply by dmcker, May 29.

Alright, some bonus photos just for Greg...

 

That famous octopussy lunching on the poor innocent seagull (yeah right):

 

Octopus likes sharksfin, too!:

 

Better tasting, yet spinier...

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Reply by dmcker, May 30.

Oh dear, RW carnage killed this thread, too. Or was it me...? 

Some serious 'sour beer' that thought it wanted to be wine tonight. Too many friends in the crafts beer pub business in this town....

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Reply by dvogler, May 30.

Seagulls and fine-dining are a serious faux-pas.

That octopus eating the seagull was here in Victoria.  Is more than one octopus 'octopi', or octopuses?

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Reply by outthere, May 30.

Octopussies!

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Reply by JonDerry, May 30.

Of course!

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Reply by William Djubin, May 31.

Ohh those SeaGulls, great pic's. "When scavengers become predators" illustrated in some.

Ha... Hilarious.. opportunistic predators. ha..

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Reply by gregt, May 31.

Is more than one octopus 'octopi', or octopuses?

Octopuses.

Octopus is Greek.

Ending a word with an "i" is Latin.

People who don't know better try to graft a Latin ending onto a Greek word. Actually, the plural would probably be something like octopodes, but nobody would know what you were talking about if you said that.

In any event, it's not "octopi".  That would be like saying "seagulli".

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