December 2, 2013

Seagulls, Alaska

Photograph by Court Leve

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Photo Contest Images

This image was taken while flying in a helicopter from Juneau, Alaska, to Cordova, Alaska. The four-hour flight routes through some of the most desolate areas of Alaska, including what is known as the Lost Coast. We were flying at elevations up to 15,000 feet near the Fairweather Range when my pilot wanted to then follow the coastline. As we turned the corner, the beach below was filled with what seemed to be millions of seagulls. The noise from the helicopter spooked the birds and wave after wave of gulls took flight below us. It was somewhat mesmerizing.

(This photo and caption were submitted to the 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest.)


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67 comments
SANDRA CHAPMAN
SANDRA CHAPMAN

One can only feel awe when blessed by such a sight

Shannon T
Shannon T

I would not want to be standing anywhere near there as they flew over. Fascinating picture.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

A beautiful blizzard of seagulls. What a picture, love it. Joy Saldanha 

K. Huang
K. Huang

it'd be a cute print for a skirt.

Madhumita Pal
Madhumita Pal

Awesome picture !!! more so because of the viewpoint

bey shahpar
bey shahpar

I've never seen anything like this shot..totally unique and beautiful..

fuji katana
fuji katana

awesome.........black n white...........

Raul De J Vasquez
Raul De J Vasquez

Hermoso la fotografia y la las aves migrando.Exelente.Los felicito.




Tex Vel
Tex Vel

It's raining birds!...Reminded me of a Hitchcock film

Helen Klatt
Helen Klatt

It must have been so awesome to get a shot like this.

Super Kami
Super Kami

i wonder what kind of camera was this taken with dont you vegeta

Francesco Sinibaldi
Francesco Sinibaldi

Soft serenade.


In the dim

light of a

beautiful

singing the

primary care

appears like

a note in

the breath

of a feeling.


Francesco Sinibaldi

Hricha C.
Hricha C.

looks like their flight took a pause... such a serene!!! 

water bird
water bird

p.s to nat geo and staff.   brilliant website and work as always!  only the popups with the obligations to sign in and register , which you are step by step over the last year implementing  with ever increasing VERVE  are a HUGE deterent to visiting your site and personally a large deterent to the joy and amazment  that i associated with nat geo and this section. this type of marketing parameter is a double sided sword, in my opinion and to be used less zealously and with less rigid implications if you prefere to keep a certain visitor basin  . Such a  frontline and agressive approach, i personally perceive as not coeherent with what natgeo respresents.    respectively

Once again
Once again

@water bird I would like signing in remains optional and believe  me i mostly see the NAT GEO every day but not always like to sign in and proud to have account though

Hank L.
Hank L.

@water bird I agree and we should have the option to remain logged-in vs having to log-in again for each daily visit  :-(

water bird
water bird

@Once again @water bird greetings to you also.   don't pass by as much as i would like too, partially due to all the beaurocracy that i mentioned above which is not only time consuming but  tedious and takes away from me the sense of lighthearted distraction that i associated with this moment.    i used to pass by very quickly several times a day, and it was always a gift to see what was on nat geos horizon,     this technological world and parameters is having a ever increasing dominance and influence 360° and with our every move and click of a mouse. 

Bruce McCormack
Bruce McCormack

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