I went to Mounts Bay beach just south of Apollo Bay this morning to take a few photos of the green weed on the reef which I saw on a walk near low tide yesterday. I decided to lie down on my front with the Nikon for some close-ups and possibly a different perspective on the weed, the reef and the clean swell in the background. I had the 24-70mm zoom on the Nikon D810. I was surprised when the viewfinder was suddenly full of walking seagulls. A few had landed near me and were most curious and unafraid. They repeatedly walked up close as if to inspect me, then strutted around and foraged away nearby as if I wasn’t there. After taking as many photos as I wanted in this unexpected encounter, I slowly stood up hoping my new found friends would stay. I had visions of quickly fitting the 600mm telephoto lens for some further closeups including perhaps some flying shots. But they flew off as they usually do in the presence of (vertical) humans. I intend to try this again some time. Do they really see a horizontal (but moving) human as less of a threat than a standing person? Could they possibly have seen me as food? Or did I witness simply the curiosity of a confident bird on its home turf?