Wednesday, May 25, 2011

No Laughing Matter

Laughing Gull, Folly Beach, SC  © Doug Hickok


There is not a dull gull on Folly Beach these days. Laughing gulls in particular are riotously noisy and seemingly ubiquitous. They frequent the pier, the beach, the parking lots, the areas behind restaurants, and of course, the skies. They are especially eager for handouts, as this handsome bird was. Although I had nothing to give, I tried making-up for my lack of charity by encouraging the gull to laugh at some of my jokes. I tried knock-knock jokes, rim shot one-liners, puns, and even tried my best blue-footed boobie imitation. Not surprisingly, all my attempts at jokes fell flat. The only response I got from the gull was a quiet, curious look, as if to say, "This guy is a looney bird".


35 comments:

  1. Definitively if the the animals tell us what they think of us ..., . beautiful photography.
    Greetings.

    Nice definition,nice shot.

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  2. incredible Doug!!! this is a perfect photo really wonderful in sharpness and vivid colors

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  3. I can just see him cocking his head at your antics. Beautiful crisp color on this handsome devil--great shot Doug

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  4. Excellent image of the gull, I like the bright colors. Here doves are too much.

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  5. Superb image, Doug! It makes me wonder why do I still have a camera?!

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  6. what a fantastic portrait, great posing

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  7. HAHAHAHAHAHA! I love your sense of humor, Doug. After all of that, he gave you a text-book shot. I love it. :)

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  8. Amazing 'portrait' of a very elegant gull!

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  9. Oh ! Oh ! very nice portrait of gull. She really seems to pose for you.

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  10. This seagull looks so happy! I think it's the moment of be "famous"posing for your camera! :)
    Wonderful portrait!
    Léia

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  11. or perhaps "crazy as a loon." great shot, doug.

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  12. What an apt title to this excellent image! Love the pose of the seagull, it is really looking at you.

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  13. Very funny comment to accompany this fine close up. Wonderful detail and such rich colors. A fine catch!

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  14. stunnig catch and bird , fantastic details and colors !!!!!

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  15. You could have tried flying Doug, flapping your arms might have encouraged a wry smile...a wonderfully detailed shot though.

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  16. excellent bird capture, the vibrancy of the red on the beak is nice.

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  17. It’s always a pleasure
    to see such a Wonderful Work
    good creations

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  18. Excellent close-up with a nicely placed horizon. He does look about to break out in laughter.

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  19. very nice. fine specular light in the eye

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  20. Superb, exellent close-up! Like it :-)

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  21. Fantastic capture, he's even posing for the camera! Truly a keeper and one of my favs!

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  22. Superb. What a beauty!
    I like the sceptical expression of this bird (he really doesn't seem to be a friend of jokes)

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  23. What a handsome little chap!
    His eyes look like puffin eyes. :)
    Don't you think so?

    We don't have laughing gulls in Britain.
    We do have Mediterranean gulls though.
    They look a bit like laughing gulls.

    Sharp image, strong colours!

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  24. A magnificent pose. It must have been feeling generous.

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  25. Wow! that just knocked my socks off. Fantastic image.

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  26. love the piece, I'm sure gulls are just dull and they don't take too kindly to jokes anyway :). extremely sharp image, excellent!

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  27. Handsome bird, stunning image1

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  28. That was fun! ;-)
    Beautiful gull, we don't have this kind around here.

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  29. Donato (longroute)May 26, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    So close... so cute!
    wonderful portrait, full of verve, life and light.
    and with such enviable clarity!
    Well captured!

    Donato

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  30. A beautiful bird. Well done!

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  31. I just posted a few pictures of this bird on my blog. I could not remember the name of the birds. Now I know. This is a perfect picture, looks like a painting!

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