Bonaparte’s Gull, Svartnäbbad
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Denmark's third ever
Bonaparte's Gull (Larus philadelphia) is setting off from a small
pond on the beach of the north western coast of peninsula Jutland,
just east of fishing hothouse Hirtshals on a sunny Friday morning
October the 1st 2004.
The coffee from HB’s jug that morning on the beach was not boiling
hot as we shared my bag of rollers, but it did good and who cares
blessed in the days first light having all the time in the world
ahead of you.
Good coffee. The first rays of sun and the open sea.
I tend never to forget these mornings by the North Sea. Something
happens in its cold salty breeze. There’s even a risk that my mind
slips away as soon as I put the binoculars to the eyes and adjust my
sight to this special, condensed view that it provides. The
perspective compressed by a lens. The sea.
Water with a sparkle of sunbeams’ dazzling reflections over a razor
sharp, icy cold reality.
Bluish sometimes, but
more often like moving into grey, cyan and green in a transparent
waving infinity. Tones that avoid being printed or reproduced in any
camera, and if your gaze is focused long enough a couple of hundred
metres out in the open sea. A view out of this world and into
another. A world so entirely and solemnly belonging to the animals.
Have you seen a group of gannets hunting.
Keep the rest of it but leave this for me.
And of course the Bonaparte’s Gull
As we drank our coffee no more than 10 people had managed to se the
creature including me the photographer, two local workers from
Hirtshals harbour and a couple of students escaping their lectures
on university some 50 miles away.
Last time this Canadian bird was observed here was in 1996, and
before that the Danish town of Skagen had the pleasure in 1988.