What I lacked in equipment and expertise, I made up for with enthusiasm and perseverance.
I did manage to get a few results that were close to what I hoped for but for every shot like this or this...
... there were plenty more like these:
As well as the problem of trying to anticipate the flight path of the gulls, I also had to make the adjustment for the slight delay in pressing the button on the camera and the picture actually being taken. I wasn't very good at it! Far from getting frustrated, I actually found it stupidly amusing - almost to the point of mild hysteria.
I had intended to delete all of the failed attempts but looking through them made me laugh again (much to my eldest daughter's bemusement). I decided to keep them as a memento of a wonderful day at the seaside and a reminder that I will never make a living as a wildlife photographer!
If I were to wonder what my elusive feathered subjects were making of my feeble attempts to photograph them, the expression on this one's face could just hint at an answer.