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Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus) by Clive

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Image taken at Point Lonsdale on the Bellarine Peninsula, near Geelong, Victoria Australia
Camera Olympus E-30, Focal length 300.0mm,
Shutter speed 1/640s, f.9.0, ISO 200
The Pacific Gull is on the Near Threatened list in Victoria
The Pacific Gull is a very large black-backed gull with a massive yellow bill, broadly tipped with scarlet. The upper wings and wingtips are wholly black with a narrow white inner trailing edge, the tail is white with a broad black band near the end. The legs are yellow to orange-yellow. Juvenile Pacific Gulls are mottled dark brown with pale face and the bill is pink with a black tip. The immatures have dark brown wings, whitish mottled body and a black-tipped yellow bill. There are two forms of the Pacific Gull: the eastern form (race pacificus) has a white eye and a complete red tip to the bill while the western form (race gergii) has a red eye and an incomplete red tip to the bill. The Pacific Gull is endemic to southern Australia and occurs mostly on south and west coasts, Tasmania and infrequently on the east coast.

The Pacific Gull prefers sandy, or less often, rocky coasts and sandy beaches. In eastern Australia, the Pacific Gull prefers areas that are protected from ocean swells such as estuaries, bays and harbours. In Western Australia, it occurs occasionally in harbours but mostly on exposed coasts and offshore islands. It usually avoids human habitation but is occasionally seen on farmland and rubbish tips near the coast but rarely inland. It can be found roosting or loafing in elevated situations such as rocky headlands or on structures such as wharves and jetties.
The Pacific Gull breeds in scattered single pairs or small, loose colonies on high points on headlands or islands. Two types of nests are built: one a scrape or depression in the ground, either unlined or lined with small stones or gravel, the other is a neatly constructed shallow bowl made of sticks, grass, seaweed or feathers. Both sexes build the nest with the female doing most of the incubation while the male forages for food and stands guard near the nest.


  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyardover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous, I’m so envious … I would love to see an Albatross. I think they come here a bit but way out to sea!

  • Thank you so kindly for your great compliment my friend…..I have since found out I made a mistake, it is the Pacific Gull and have ammended the image as such

    – Clive

  • Trish Threlfall
    Trish Threlfallover 4 years ago

    fantastic capture :))

  • So appreciate your great compliment Trish, thank you my friend xx
    I have since found out I made a mistake, it is the Pacific Gull and have ammended the image as such

    – Clive

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago

    A fabulous capture!!!

  • Thanking you so much for your wonderful compliment Lori xx
    I have since found out I made a mistake, it is the Pacific Gull and have ammended the image as such

    – Clive

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 4 years ago

    Amazing action image, amazing color and details, instant fav.

  • Such a wonderful compliment and fave Byron, thank you.
    I have since found out I made a mistake, it is the Pacific Gull and have ammended the image as such

    – Clive

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 4 years ago

    Hey Clive gorgeous capture mate, but l think you will find this is a pacific gull ,love the clarity and colour xx

  • All fixed now…..bugger……Thank you to both you and Kristina for allowing me to see the error of my ways, teach me to be a little more thorough next time…lol.
    Love the great compliment my friend xx

    – Clive

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 4 years ago
  • Kristina K
    Kristina Kover 4 years ago

    great Pacific Gull Clive, Trudis right,,lol..Albatros are huge, half a human
    great capture looks great against the lovely blue sky..:)) k

  • A wonderful compliment Kristina, thank you.
    Image all fixed now, appreciate your help xx

    – Clive

  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyardover 4 years ago

    Yes I looked it up but I think it’s a juvenile, they seem to have more that brown color. Birds can be very difficult to identify sometimes.

  • Thanks my friend, they can be difficult

    – Clive

  • Dave & Trena Puckett
    Dave & Trena P...over 4 years ago

    amazing details, colors, and clarity! so beautifully captured!

  • Such a wonderful compliment my friends, so appreciated and a big thank you for the fave

    – Clive

  • bazfeldman
    bazfeldmanover 4 years ago

    Incredible shot. Stunning. Well done.

  • Thank you so kindly for your great compliment Barry, appreciated my friend

    – Clive

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