The stormy weather continued in early January (it has now let up a bit) and I wanted to photograph waves crashing in, and gulls in their winter environment. There were a few problems.
Newgale beach faces west, the wind was coming from the west so the gulls all faced into it - every photo is a tails-only view.
There were hundreds of gulls: common, herring, lesser black-back, black-headed, Mediterranean, glaucous, Kumliens and Iceland - the latter three species being rarities here. They were feeding on small fish and bits of shellfish ground up by the pebbles pounded by the surf. With so many gulls, getting any depth of field (ie getting many of them in focus) was a problem - I tried manual focus, as well as autofocus, neither gave consistent results. With a wider angle, the gulls were small dots, but more were in focus, though it missed the effect of the waves.
In the end, the best pictures were cropped parts of a full-frame view on a Nikon D800 with a 300mm + 1.4 converter. The picture below has been cropped to about a quarter of the full frame.
The gulls floated in the surf, lifting off at the approach of a wave and drifting over the top to land on the other side. These are first-winter either herring or lesser black-back gulls.