My Sunday Photo, A Walk On The Beach

Last weekend whilst on Joe’s birthday trip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach treat we decided to round the day up with a walk on the beach. Now, no walk on the beach is complete without chips is it? Once armed with our chips, we set off on the sands.

Joe and Fin set off at a run looking for crabs.

It was a windy day, although not particularly cold. The surf was fierce on the deserted beach. It was a beautiful scene. And as we strolled at a lisurely pace, enjoying our chips and the wind blowing through our hair. And this is not an exaggeration, at points I resembled a troll.  You know the toy story version with wild hair standing on end.

All was calm, albeit windy. Until Joe dropped a chip, and then all hell broke loose. Within seconds the, what seemed like entire seagull population of the Northern coast (ok maybe a slight exaggeration. But it certainly felt like it) descended upon us.

Now, I am not talking hovering at a safe distance. I am talking inches away from us, swooping for said chips. I am not sure if you have ever been in the seagull chip situation before, but once this occurs, there is no peaceful way of eating chips. My Sunday Photo, A Walk On The Beach

My Sunday Photo, A Walk On The Beach

My Sunday Photo, A Walk On The Beach

I have never been a huge bird fan;

I blame it on the last time I had a bird so close to me. I had just been to see Santa with my Mum and Brother at Debenhams in Romford.  As we stood waiting for the bus, I remember it vividly. It was after 4 as it was dark, and just as the bus arrived a pigeon swooped down a pooped on my head.

Oh the humiliation of doing that bus journey. My Mum did her best to mop it up until we got home. But my brother gloated and mocked me all the way home. I will never get over the humiliation.  I must have only been 6 or 7 ha ha, but I have never forgotten.

As a result I am the person running in circles screaming when a pigeon comes near. But seagulls are just like pigeon’s aren’t they? Well, I thought so, but on no. Compared to pigeons these seagulls were huge beasts.

My Sunday Photo, A Walk On The Beach

My Sunday Photo, A Walk On The BeachMy Sunday Photo, A Walk On The BeachMy Sunday Photo, A Walk On The BeachMy Sunday Photo, A Walk On The BeachBut something really weird happened. Usually I would have been running, holding one of the boys for cover to protect me! But I grabbed my camera, as Joe and Fin decided actually these birds were to close for comfort. Chris just looked on in amusement as I bravely started snapping as they flew inches from my head. Check out the boy’s faces, they are priceless.

So actually these photos mean so much more to me, I have laid to rest the ghost of Christmas past and the poop incident. I will never run from a pigeon again.

Photalife

 

24 Comments

  1. 2nd October 2016 / 12:13 am

    Seagulls – especially in numbers – are really quite intimidating, aren’t they? You’ve captured some fantastic shots of them in flight, though!

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      2nd October 2016 / 9:22 am

      Thanks Tim, yes they are and they were huge x

  2. 2nd October 2016 / 12:26 am

    Oh I have been pooped on by a seagull, an ongoing hazard living here in Cornwall. Great photos though and you managed them poop free this time!

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      2nd October 2016 / 9:23 am

      Ha ha I bet it is Fiona, thank you I escaped poop free x

  3. 2nd October 2016 / 12:29 am

    I love that first photo – beautiful! I am a keen bird photo taker – but we get exactly this problem in Lyme Regis, the gulls are a complete menace!

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      2nd October 2016 / 9:24 am

      Thank you Victoria. There would be no way you could picnic on the beach, its crazy x

  4. 2nd October 2016 / 12:40 am

    There is something about sea gulls. They scare the hell out of my close up and in their gang. But equally i find something quite beautiful in photos of them. Great captures! #mysundayphoto

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      2nd October 2016 / 9:25 am

      Thanks Martyn, yes they are scary but looking at the photos I captured they are also beautiful x

  5. 2nd October 2016 / 8:53 am

    Beautiful collection of photos, but those sea gulls look huge

    Thank you for linking up

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      2nd October 2016 / 9:26 am

      Thanks Darren, they were x

  6. 2nd October 2016 / 9:29 am

    Usually I would be intimidated but like you on such a beautiful day I think I would have done the same. Stunning photos. I love so many & yes their faces are a picture X #MySundayPhoto

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      2nd October 2016 / 10:03 am

      Thanks Kerri-Ann I know the horror on Joe’s face bless him x

  7. 2nd October 2016 / 3:37 pm

    Oh no Sarah!!! That kinda made me chuckle a bit but i used to work in poulton and the annoying things were everywhere and I’d forever be paranoid they’d poo on my clothes or head. Well done for taking some amazing shots of the pesky things :).

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      2nd October 2016 / 9:29 pm

      Ha ha thanks Tas, I felt so brave x

  8. 2nd October 2016 / 6:33 pm

    Amazing photos.

    Blooming seagulls though. They were a pain in the backside stealing food from kids’ hands in Weymouth last year.

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      2nd October 2016 / 9:30 pm

      I know they are a pain but so glad I got my camera out x

  9. 2nd October 2016 / 8:36 pm

    Great pictures Sarah, we not huge fans either since one stole a whole pasty off Evie when she was little, in Cornwall xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      2nd October 2016 / 9:49 pm

      Ah bless, I know they are menaces aren’t they? x

  10. 3rd October 2016 / 3:20 am

    It is incredibly liberating to get rid of past fears, isn’t it? I did the same the other day, when I went to owl café in Tokyo. Have always been afraid of them, but they turned out to be so cute! Love every one of your photos. Priceless indeed. 🙂

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      7th October 2016 / 8:07 pm

      Ah thanks nano and well done you too! x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      7th October 2016 / 8:45 pm

      Yes they can be a bit scary x

  11. 4th October 2016 / 10:43 am

    Ah I have such fond memories of Blackpool Pleasure Beach – we used to go every year when we were kids. I remember going on The Pepsi Max the first year it opened! Hope you all had a wonderful time – and glad you’re over your fear of pigeons! Great pics x #Mysundayphoto

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      7th October 2016 / 9:45 pm

      Me too! I remember being so frightened going on the Big one it was the biggest roller coaster in the UK at the time wasn’t it?

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