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Silver Gull

Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae

Description:

Smallish seagulls, mostly white, with light grey back and wings, and black and white wing tips. They have dark orange legs, feet, and beak, and looks like the same colour ring around the eye and the adult's eye is white. The youngster still has some of its baby plumage, the eye is quite dark, the legs are yellower, and beak is yellow and black. Perhaps the colour changes as they mature, as I have certainly seen them with yellower beaks than this.

Habitat:

Always see these around the beaches near my workplace (south of Sydney), but I think they are probably the most common seagull I've seen during my time in Australia.

Notes:

Co-exist with man, and are adventurous scavengers. This particular location is next to a cafe I sometimes go to, and we are always having to fight off the gulls that will come and sit on your (outdoor) table and steal food off your plate right in front of you. This youngster was saying "Feed me", and probably waiting for its parent to regurgitate some chips and a morsel of hamburger!

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3 Comments

Grum
Grum 9 years ago

Thanks Guys. Unfortunately, just as the meal arrived, the adult turned away from me, and the juvenile went around the other side, so I missed that shot - would have made a good completion to the set... :(

AlphaZeroOne
AlphaZeroOne 9 years ago

A nice set of behavior photographs.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Chips and hamburger.... I suspect we have effectively doubled the natural gull population of gulls in Australia :) Lovely shot.

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Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Nov 21, 2012
Submitted on Nov 21, 2012

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