Cities and their environs, where we jettison our rubbish, now sustain far more Herring Gulls than the birds’ former natural marine habitat, coastal cliffs. As we have evolved in, and adapted to, our urban milieu, so Herring Gulls have followed us like badges of our own creation, tracking us and our activities like no other bird. We have unintentionally honoured these birds and given them “The Freedom of Our Cities”. Moreover, they exemplify one of life’s central themes, adaptation, and we can all learn from their determined lesson. Here, tracked in the blue skies above Manchester, they seem to question our own concept of freedom. Media: Herring Gulls and Sunbeams, algorithmic photography.