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Gull with  tasty morsel by Jane  mcainsh

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I took this shot today by the marina , the gulls were getting the scraps from the fishing boats
this one , hung around for a while .

The Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae) also known simply as “seagull” in Australia, is the most common gull seen in Australia. It has been found throughout the continent, but particularly coastal areas. The South African Hartlaub’s Gull (C. hartlaubii) and the New Zealand Red-billed Gull (C. scopulinus) were formerly sometimes considered to be subspecies of the Silver Gull. As is the case with many gulls, it has traditionally been placed in the genus Larus but is now placed in the genus Chroicocephalus.
The Silver Gull should not be confused with the Herring Gull, which is called “silver gull” in many other languages (scientific name Larus argentatus, German Silbermöwe, French Goéland argenté, Dutch zilvermeeuw) but is a much larger, robust gull with no overlap in range.
The Silver Gull has a sharp voice consisting of a variety of calls. “The most common call is a harsh ‘kwee-aarr’.”2
Contents [hide]
1 Description
2 Distribution and habitat
3 Behaviour
3.1 Feeding
3.2 Breeding
4 Various views and plumages
5 References
[edit]Description

The head, body and tail are white. The wings are light grey with white spotted, black tips.3 Adults range from 40–45 cm in length.3 Mean wing span is 94 cm.4 Juveniles have brown patterns on their wings, and a dark beak. Adults have bright red beaks—the brighter the red, the older the bird.
[edit]Distribution and habitat

Adult in Tasmania
Silver gulls are found in all states of Australia.4 It is a common species, having adapted well to urban environments and thriving around shopping centres and garbage dumps.
Silver Gulls have twice been recorded in the USA; one bird was shot in August 1947 at the mouth of the Genessee River, Lake Ontario and another one was photographed in Salem County, New Jersey, in autumn 1996. Both are nowadays believed to have escaped from captivity (AOU, 2000).
[edit]Behaviour

The silver gull naturally feeds on worms, fish, insects and crustaceans. It is a successful scavenger, allowing increased numbers near human settlements.
[edit]Breeding
Breeding occurs from August to December.4 The nest is located on the ground and consists of seaweed, roots and plant stems.4 The nests may be found in low shrubs, rocks and jetties.4 Typical clutch size is 1–3 eggs.34
[edit]Various views and plumages

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Comments

  • billfox256
    billfox256over 3 years ago

    Just doing his part in keeping the area clean!!!!! A really terrific capture!!!! Bill

  • thanks Bill , I used to live here by this sea, this Gull was funny he kept coming to me and looking lol
    Jane

    – Jane mcainsh

  • trish725
    trish725over 3 years ago

  • many thanks Trish!!

    – Jane mcainsh

  • Susana Weber
    Susana Weberover 3 years ago

  • thanks

    – Jane mcainsh

  • ManInTheBox
    ManInTheBoxover 3 years ago

    Great pic

  • thanks my friend :))

    – Jane mcainsh

  • tjs1010
    tjs1010over 3 years ago

    very sharp picture Jane, lol yes used to seeing them everywhere. lol

  • reflector
    reflectorover 3 years ago

    Great focus, framing and lighting! Well done!

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