Hot chiiiiiiips!!! by graemestevens

Hot chiiiiiiips!!!

I may have mislead some of you yesterday when I said that it was peaceful and calm at the beach. There was a point in the proceedings where it most definitely was not. At one point I think I may have got too close to the ladies as I was suddenly being dive bombed with great enthusiasm by their men folk. This was followed by a brief period of exertion as I moved further down the beach, accompanied by a string of expletives and flapping arms.

I've tagged this for the Madhatters-Creepy challenge as apparently some people are a bit "creeped out" by birds, in a Hitchcock kind of way. Personally I think they're delicious.
Hello mad hatters creepy theme. He looks vicious! madhatters-creepy. Alfred Hitchcock made me fear birds!
October 2nd, 2014  
Hahaha. Stop messing with the ladies, Graeme. Cool shot. Love the negative space and this guy's obvious look of disdain.
October 2nd, 2014  
@amandal I suppose I could tag it for that...I've been struggling with that theme as (honestly) not much creeps me out...unless you count the likes of Pride & Prejudice...
October 2nd, 2014  
@epcello I can't help myself, and thanks very much :)
October 2nd, 2014  
Are you lucky with the Birds Graeme? 😏
October 2nd, 2014  
Dive-bombing birds. That is not at all pleasant.
October 2nd, 2014  
@archielogical Not any more!
@spikez It wasn't at all pleasant...still, I needed the exercise
October 2nd, 2014  
@graemestevens Yeah, that crap is pretty creepy. Shall I wear my pink or my blue gown? Oh will he dance with me or not. Actually I liked that one ok, but her other stuff and that period in time was unbearable. What the heck made you what you are today? Nothing messed you up;-).
October 2nd, 2014  
great shot!!
October 2nd, 2014  
WOW THIS IS SO GREAT!!!
October 2nd, 2014  
awesome image
October 2nd, 2014  
@tracie8266 Thanks very much - dumb luck masquerading as skill ;)
@pittcj17 Thank you kindly...taken as I dive rolled along the beach ;)
@livvy Thank you most kindly, appreciated :)
@amandal Certainly gives me the creeps...as for what made me what I am today...I have no idea but I've grabbed it and I'm running with it ;)
October 2nd, 2014  
Love the white space lovely
October 2nd, 2014  
@neatz Thanks very much :)
October 2nd, 2014  
Brilliant shot, Graeme. Terrific composition and love the processing. Sometimes you've just gotta walk away from the birds...it wasn't your time!!
October 2nd, 2014  
You never cease to amaze ..... am sure it's not just me ..... You most definitely fall into the category 'People You Would LIke To Get Stuck In A Car In A Snow Drift With' !! It's a different slant on the Ideal Dinner Party Guests ...
October 2nd, 2014  
@davie Thanks very much - I might go back today with a baseball bat!
October 2nd, 2014  
@motherjane Well that's a nice complement for a Friday morning, thank you most kindly nice lady :)
October 2nd, 2014  
Great shot. Nice use of negative space. FAV
October 2nd, 2014  
I love the choice you have made with a bird photo - more than just one bird!
October 2nd, 2014  
Love this shot, that negative space is awesome! You have managed to make a seagull look a bit creepy, and I grew next to the beach and am quite familiar with them!
October 2nd, 2014  
@anazad511 Thank you very much, much appreciated :)
@maggiemae Thanks very much - there were dozens of the buggers but this was the one that appealed to me
October 2nd, 2014  
@jess1204 Thanks very much - I quite like seagulls under normal circumstnces but yesterday they were determined to draw blood!
October 2nd, 2014  
This one is a bit different than the other seagulls, I'm not sure whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. Great shot!
October 2nd, 2014  
Love this capture...and the word picture of you running and flapping your arms in a hasty 'relocation' is just as good!
October 2nd, 2014  
Fantastic shot. Great use of negative space.
October 2nd, 2014  
Alarming bloody beak, check your head. There's safety in negative space, glad to see it there.
October 2nd, 2014  
Nothing creepy about seagulls that just the pigs of the bird world.
October 2nd, 2014  
Fav...awesome expression and composition!
October 2nd, 2014  
Now that is one mean gull out for revenge.... run ,run, run. Great shot , love the negative space :)
October 2nd, 2014  
The space is perfect...love his feet too!
October 2nd, 2014  
some call them rats with wings.....others find them so gracefull......depends on who has the chips i guess
October 2nd, 2014  
Love the simple comp.
October 2nd, 2014  
Cool capture and negative space usage
October 2nd, 2014  
Love this.
October 2nd, 2014  
So cool - I think he looks rather cute - with his feet all ready for a steady landing.
October 2nd, 2014  
Fantabulous, though not convinced seagulls are tasty
October 3rd, 2014  
@overalvandaan Thanks very much indeed :)
@tasian Thank you very much - I tend to run like a slightly panicky 12 year old girl ;)
@ukandie1 Thanks very much :)
@lleo I made sure there was negative space above me at all times ;)
@janiskay Oh I agree, but I still quite like them...apparently other find them a bit creepy...
@kwind Thanks very much :)
@hermann He was intennt on getting me, kept circling back for more...and thank you very much
@nanderson Thanks very much - I think the feet are my favourite part
@tellefella I think they're definitely a bit of both!
@bill_fe Thank you kind sir, always appreciated
@scolgs Thanks very much :)
@jan20 Thanks very much :)
@jocasta Thanks very much - there was no landing going on, just diving and squawking!
@pinkpaintpot Thanks very much ...wonderful in a Pita ;)
October 3rd, 2014  
I told you not to go spreading yourself around and upsetting the ladies - now look what you've done - gulls let out awesome expletives - I bet yours and theirs together was a cacophony of wonderful sounds!
Cleverly captured and processed dear sir
October 3rd, 2014  
@annied Thank you most kindly you gem of humanity you. I've always love the word cacophony.
October 3rd, 2014  
Looks like he's coming in for the kill! I love "The Birds." Great Sci Fi movie!
October 3rd, 2014  
Love this! Creepy yet fascinating . . . yes, you did Hitchcock proud! I used to read the du Maurier story to my students and I loved it way better than the movie . . . but the movie, without the original, is much more eerie!
October 3rd, 2014  
@harbie There's no "like" about it, he was giving it his best shot!
@lbluejaye8 Thank you very much indeed :) Do students still read these days? ;)
October 3rd, 2014  
Super effort here. Great photo.
October 3rd, 2014  
@bigugly Thanks very much
October 3rd, 2014  
hahaha. I love your commentary almost as much as your images. fav
October 3rd, 2014  
@mzzhope Thank you very much - always appreciated :)
October 3rd, 2014  
I also enjoy poultry! Excellent use of white/negative space!
October 3rd, 2014  
@eyeamlisa Thanks very much indeed :)
October 3rd, 2014  
oh nice capture! love the framing
October 3rd, 2014  
Fantastic use of that white space Graeme.......the seagull just pops out at you! Don't know about Kiwi seagulls but the UK ones at Blackpool are very bold, would almost take a chip out of your mouth! Fave.
October 3rd, 2014  
@brigette Thank you very much
@happypat Thanks very much - I think it must be a universal...I was dive bombed a few times when we lived in the UK as well. Unless it's the same one, in which case Border Control has serious issues...
October 3rd, 2014  
I do like the negative space and the fact that this gull looks like an attack plane, zeroing in on the target. I would fear for my eyeballs. ;)
October 3rd, 2014  
Wow!!!! Awesome capture, especially with its mouth open so wide lol and I love the negative space. Has to be a fav :-)
October 3rd, 2014  
He's got his beady eyes on you!
October 3rd, 2014  
Brilliant shot! When it opened up on my page I was like Whoa Nelly!!! LOL !
October 3rd, 2014  
Yes creepy factor is involved here -I´ve always been scared of those big birds! Love the negative space!
October 3rd, 2014  
@rosiekerr Thanks very much - there was a lot of dive rolling going on!
@leanne333 Thank you very much - the way he was behaving I wanted as much negative space between us as I could manage!
@ceilidh Oh yes, as did the other two dozen ;)
@creativefool LOL, thank you so much :)
@susale Thanks very much - I quite like them. I must be a freak ;)
October 3rd, 2014  
It's all been said. What can I add except can I join you for the ride @motherjane
October 3rd, 2014  
@newbank Well that's 3 of us confirmed then ;)
October 3rd, 2014  
Fabulous shot
October 3rd, 2014  
Did you put lipstick on this birdie?
October 3rd, 2014  
@graemestevens Yes, they do in my class, and they don't love me so much!! We read an excerpt from Treasure Island the other day . . . and they had to annotate it and really dig . . . smiles all around!
October 3rd, 2014  
@gigiflower LOL - Sure looks like it!
October 3rd, 2014  
@lbluejaye8 I just KNEW it!!!!!!
October 3rd, 2014  
Ha ha ha this makes me smile! Great composition. Fav
October 3rd, 2014  
@egad Thanks very much :)
@ounooi Thank you very much :)
@gigiflower @lbluejaye8 I operate a strict "tag and release" policy. As soon as I've caught them and applied full make up they are released into the wild again. They come to appreciate it after a while.
October 3rd, 2014  
You broke all the rules of composition... and came up with a cracking shot! It definitely looks as though it's about to transition into a kamikaze desth dive - whicj, I guess, is what gives it its creepiness. Brilliant work - Fav for me.
October 3rd, 2014  
was about to comment on the new one and you got rid of it - duck ya!
October 4th, 2014  
@vignouse Thank you very much, much appreciated. There are rules? ;)
@annied It's back ya ducking ducker ;)
October 4th, 2014  
@graemestevens You seriously just made me LAUGH OUT LOUD with that mental picture!!
October 4th, 2014  
Fabulous shot love it fav
October 4th, 2014  
Instant fav.
October 4th, 2014  
I really like the high key and the composition. Fab
October 4th, 2014  
@lbluejaye8 Pleased to be of assistance ;)
@tracelee Thanks very much :)
@golftragic Thank you very much, appreciated
@maishanny Thank you kindly nice person :)
October 4th, 2014  
Great creativity and humor. fav.
October 6th, 2014  
@mamamayerle Thanks very much :)
October 6th, 2014  
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