The Pretty Gulls of Venice Beach
On a Los Angeles Tour It Pays to Know Your Gulls
Our tour guides know a lot about the history of the assorted piers that once graced the Los Angeles beaches providing entertainment, eating and excitement. The old creosote-soaked timbers used in the pier construction caused them to burn down regularly until time and technology reduced their number and saw more cement and steel involved in their building. Today there is just the Santa Monica pier in full operation. Nearby, the Venice Beach pier is now just a simple walk above the waves and a good place to toss a fishing line. However, the sea birds love this quiet stretch of ocean walkway and it gives us a chance to interact with them. Like this unflappable fellow, a Thayer’s Gull, assuming an Eagle Pose in his yoga practice. At least that’s what one of our private Los Angeles tour guests, a yoga practitioner, laughingly offered as we photographed this handsome sea bird. If his name is Jonathan Livingston Seagull then we have another celebrity sighting here.