This is the additional weekly image thread for the Nature Forum. While images posted to this thread should still be nature in theme, it may contain a small amount of human-made objects and therefore less restricted than the Monday in Nature threads. Please see this discussion for more details: Alternative weekly thread in Nature forum Each participant please post no more than just one image per weekly thread. Many members will appreciate any information you are willing or able to provide regarding location, shooting process, exposure settings, equipment, and information on the subject(s), including scientific and/or common names. This week's, and this year's, kickoff image was shot on the Washington coast in summer 2013. I've always loved the coast, having grown up near the beach in Southern California, and coastal subjects remain a fascination. In this case I captured a variety of birds in flight, with the background of the waves and fishing vessel setting the mood on a gray, summer, Northwest Coast kind of day. I understand if this feels more like a landscape, but the birds are what made the image, so I classify it as Nature. All of the birds are gulls of one flavor or another. Nikon D5100 + Nikkor 70-300mm/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm/5.6, 1/250 sec, ISO 100.