Travel photography: Gorgeous gulls around Europe

Seagull circling the Pierhead Building in Cardiff, Wales / Photo:

I guess most people dislike seagulls? And It’s not hard to see why. Because they can be awfully noisy and aggressive. They’re waiting around like vultures for you to (almost) finish your fries or drop your ice cream. And they can pose a constant threat of an “air raid” of s… while you’re trying to enjoy a day at the beach or a cold drink in the sun.

That said, they can be beautiful too and pose as really good models around harbours and beach promenades. So cut them some slack and check out this feathered photo feature of my best seagull-shots from around Europe.

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Cardiff, Wales

I shot these one late afternoon at Cardiff Bay where these seagulls kept circling the rusty red Pierhead Building while keeping an eye at the food market stalls below. The golden afternoon light really adds to the atmosphere here.

Find more posts from Cardiff HERE

Brighton, England

While exploring Brighton on the southern coast of England a few years back, I got a couple of nice seagull shots along the city’s beach promenade. One was of a seagull sitting at a sign at the famous Brighton Palace Pier and another was of a flock haning out near the “skeleton” of the ruined West Pier.

Find more posts from Brighton HERE

Mallaig, Scotland

The small harbour town of Mallaig was my end station as I travelled by train through the Scottish Highlands a few years ago. The West Highland Line took me here, and despite Mallaig mainly functioning as a transport hub between the mainland and some of the nearby islands, I found the harbour really atmospheric and got a couple of nice seagull shots here too.

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Oslo, Norway

I was photographing Oslo’s contemporary Opera House when I spotted this seagull in the perfect position – almost asking to be part of the shot. And I managed to get a nice one just before it took off. Architecture meets wildlife. The harbour of the Norwegian capital provides many great photo opportunities in a city that seems to be generally underrated.

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Porto, Portugal

The Douro riverfront of Porto is one of the most photogenic areas I have come across in Europe. There is so much to take in, from the impressive Dom Luís I bridge crossing the river to the bright coloured Rabelo boats floating on it. Then add some opportunistic gulls and you’ve got yourself a shot.

Find more posts from Portugal HERE

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By Brian Schæfer Dreyer