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I took this picture at the beach a couple of years ago. A helpful commenter has identified it for me as a Kelp Gull, also called a Southern Black-Backed Gull or in Maori, The Karoro. The Gull pictured is a juvenile, which is why it is brown instead of the distinctive black and white.
Gulls usually gather on rubbish tips, as they scavenge for small prey.