If you spend any time on the beach you will see colonies of seagulls gathering spontaneously, as in the photo below. A quick search informed me groups of gulls are called colonies not flocks. The other photo shows a single gull isolated from the colony.
I can imagine an art quilt with the background being the colony of gulls, perhaps printed on organza in a diffferent colorway, placed over a fabric background that still allows the outlines of the gulls to be seen. Over that background could be a large appliqué of the individual gull.
Perhaps adding some dune grasses for additional effect.
Below are several photos of the gull colony after being altered in photo software, any of which could be printed into fabric for a background for this quilt idea. So many options to consider!
This is the first idea that comes to mind, there are probably more where that came from!