During a recent walk on the boardwalk, the wind increased in speed as the sky cleared from the south. As my husband and I proceeded, holding on to our hats, we noticed seagulls along the shoreline, riding the wind.
They stayed close to the shoreline, just above the beach area at low tide. It was fascinating to watch them.
Better birders than I could identify the gulls playing there. They cavorted for the hour we were there, moving slightly along the coastline if a particularly strong gust of wind ushered them along. They revelled in the high winds while mere mortals struggled to stay upright and keep their cameras steady.
The birds weren’t making any sounds that we could hear in those high winds. Neither were they feeding. Occasionally one landed on the water but didn’t stay for long or take anything from the water. They resembled a bunch of kids enjoying the outdoors on an exceptional weather day.
The enjoyment those feathered creatures took in the high winds was a wonder of nature.