Gulls are inquisitive bastards. To attract their attention, wave your hands above your head and make distressed gull noises. Toss one or two potato chips upward and you’ll have them buzzing like flies. Attach a chip to your lens hood with a lump of Blu-Tack. Place a chip on each shoulder and wait. As gulls are shy and timid, they will hover, keep their distance, and wait for the precise moment to pounce. Snap your pictures and leave the beach promptly without looking up. Gulls aren’t stupid. They have good memories. So next time you go to the beach to shoot a similar picture, wear a disguise or the gulls will recognised you and avoid the situation like the plague. Gold Coast, Australia.