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In the grip of the GULLS

a Wildlife Photographer of the Year award

photos by Ekaterina and Alessandro Bee

videos by Alessandro Bee

Flatanger, Trondelag, Norway, white-tailed sea eagle, herring gull, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, eagleman, norway nature, fjords

Durante le escursioni in barca per osservare le aquile di mare eravamo seguiti dai gabbiani. Da decine e decine di gabbiani. Erano così tanti e così dinamici da catturare l'attenzione di Ekaterina, che era molto attratta dalle loro evoluzioni...

During the boat trips to observe the white-tailed sea eagles we were followed by seagulls. By dozens and dozens of seagulls. They were so many and so dynamic as to catch the attention of Ekaterina, who was very attracted by their evolutions.

Flatanger, Trondelag, Norway, white-tailed sea eagle, herring gull, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, eagleman, norway nature, fjords

"Poco prima c'era stato un forte temporale e l'aria era fresca e pulita. Si sentiva il profumo del mare. Eravamo seguiti da decine di gabbiani e poi, tutto ad un tratto, è spuntato un magnifico arcobaleno!"

(Ekaterina Bee)

Flatanger, Trondelag, Norway, white-tailed sea eagle, herring gull, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, eagleman, norway nature, fjords

"Shortly before there had been a strong storm and the air was fresh and clean. You could smell the sea. We were followed by dozens of seagulls and then, all of a sudden, a magnificent rainbow came out".

(Ekaterina Bee)

Flatanger, Trondelag, Norway, white-tailed sea eagle, herring gull, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, eagleman, norway nature, fjords
Flatanger, Trondelag, Norway, white-tailed sea eagle, herring gull, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, eagleman, norway nature, fjords

"I gabbiani mi sono rimasti nel cuore. Era strano ma bellissimo essere circondata completamente da loro. Mi sono divertita molto a fotografarli e osservarli nei loro voli mentre seguivano la nostra barca." (Ekaterina Bee)

"The seagulls remained in my heart. It was strange but beautiful to be completely surrounded by them. I had a lot of fun photographing them and watching the seagulls on their flights as they followed our boat".

(Ekaterina Bee)

Flatanger, Trondelag, Norway, white-tailed sea eagle, herring gull, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, eagleman, norway nature, fjords
Flatanger, Trondelag, Norway, white-tailed sea eagle, herring gull, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, eagleman, norway nature, fjords

"Fin dall'inizio mi sono piaciuti i gabbiani che volavano sopra la nostra barca, anche se il viaggio era per osservare le aquile di mare. Erano così tanti e così vicini!

Non avrei mai immaginato di poter vincere un premio al concorso Wildlife Photographer of the Year del NHM di Londra! Ora gabbiani sono tra i miei animali preferiti!" (Ekaterina Bee)

Flatanger, Trondelag, Norway, white-tailed sea eagle, herring gull, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, eagleman, norway nature, fjords
Flatanger, Trondelag, Norway, white-tailed sea eagle, herring gull, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, eagleman, norway nature, fjords

"Since the beginning I liked the seagulls that flew over our boat, even if the trip was to observe  white-tailed sea eagles.  They were so many and so close!

I never imagined I could win an award at the NHM Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition in London!  Now seagulls are among my favourite animals!"  (Ekaterina Bee)

Ekaterina Bee, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, NHM, Natural History Museum London, WPY, Winner, under 10 years, In the grip of the gulls, Flatanger, Norway, Trondelag

Photo by Ekaterina Bee

Ekaterina Bee, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, NHM, Natural History Museum London, WPY, Winner, under 10 years, In the grip of the gulls, Flatanger, Norway, Trondelag
Ekaterina Bee, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, NHM, Natural History Museum London, WPY, Winner, under 10 years, In the grip of the gulls, Flatanger, Norway, Trondelag
Ekaterina Bee, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, NHM, Natural History Museum London, WPY, Winner, under 10 years, In the grip of the gulls, Flatanger, Norway, Trondelag

"L'esperienza della cerimonia al Natural History Museum di Londra è stata bellissima ed emozionante. Anche se poi mi sono addormentata su papà per due ore. Credo per la stanchezza della giornata e per l'emozione. Poi però a mezzanotte mi sono risvegliata e abbiamo visitato la mostra!" (Ekaterina Bee)

Ekaterina Bee, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, NHM, Natural History Museum London, WPY, Winner, under 10 years, In the grip of the gulls, Flatanger, Norway, Trondelag

"The experience of the ceremony at the Natural History Museum in London was beautiful and exciting. Although later I fell asleep on dad for two hours. I believe for the tiredness of the day and for the emotion. But then, at midnight, I woke up and visited the exhibition!"

(Ekaterina Bee)

Ekaterina Bee, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, NHM, Natural History Museum London, WPY, Winner, under 10 years, In the grip of the gulls, Flatanger, Norway, Trondelag
Ekaterina Bee, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, NHM, Natural History Museum London, WPY, Winner, under 10 years, In the grip of the gulls, Flatanger, Norway, Trondelag
Ekaterina Bee, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, NHM, Natural History Museum London, WPY, Winner, under 10 years, In the grip of the gulls, Flatanger, Norway, Trondelag
Ekaterina Bee, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, NHM, Natural History Museum London, WPY, Winner, under 10 years, In the grip of the gulls, Flatanger, Norway, Trondelag

LO SAPEVI CHE?

Il gabbiano reale nordico (Larus argentatus) presenta una macchia rossa sulla parte inferiore del becco, che lo distingue facilmente dal gabbiano comune.

 

Quando un pulcino chiede del cibo non lo fa a caso, ma becchetta proprio il punto rosso sul becco.

Il punto rosso è quindi un segnale cromatico. Il pulcino quando ha fame emette un segnale che consiste nel becchettare la macchia sul becco del genitore. Quest'ultimo, a sua volta, risponde rigurgitando il cibo.

Flatanger, Trondelag, Norway, white-tailed sea eagle, herring gull, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, eagleman, norway nature, fjords

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

The herring gull (Larus argentatus) has a red spot on the lower part of the beak, which easily distinguishes it from the common gull. 

 

When a chick asks for food it does not do it by chance, but pecks just the red dot on the beak. The red dot is therefore a chromatic signal. When is hungry the chick emits a signal consisting in pecking the red dot on the parent's beak. The latter, in turn, responds by regurgitating the food.

Flatanger, Trondelag, Norway, white-tailed sea eagle, herring gull, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, eagleman, norway nature, fjords
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