Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday 116 - Gulls

I like gulls.  Always have.  Even when I was in the UK, and the species and moults were a big of a challenge.  In Australia, things are much simpler - with only one common species and two other that are not too hard to split.

So, going back to the UK presented me with a bit of a problem - identification (more or less) relies on practice, and I was well out of it!

These images were all taken on, around or over Seahouses harbour.  Seahouses is only just south of the Scottish boarder on the east coast.  It's not a bad place for gulls.

First we have Black-Headed Gulls - Larus ridibundus - which actually have a brown head!  This is a very common gull in the UK.

Next we have some Herring Gulls - Larus argentatus - whose call is beloved of all coastal TV programs, even those that come from places this gull does not!

And last we have a Lesser Black-backed Gull - Larus fuscus - in flight.  I think that the yellow beak and legs provide the ID for this species.

As ever, all of the pictures look better bigger!

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Tuesday, 30 September 2014


Sometimes, animals do just what you expect them to!

Gulls and a fishing boat, Seahouses, Northumbria, UK.

This image looks much better bigger!

You can find more images from around the world at Our World Tuesday.

Monday, 29 September 2014


By paying attention to the little things, you can come to understand the bigger picture.

Seems an appropriate thought for a macro theme.

Statue of Charles Darwin, Natural History Museum, London.

You can find more macro shots at Macro Monday 2 and I Heart Macro.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Only in Australia

From a post about something you cannot see in Australia, to one about something you can only see in Australia.

This is (of course) a Koala.  It is not under any circumstances a bear.  It's a marsupial, which strangely enough is more closely related to the Wombat than other marsupials.

They do spend a lot of time doing not a lot, but this is because they are fermenting a gut full of leaves to allow gut bacteria to turn the nutrient poor leaves into something rather more valuable.

I may have mentioned this before, but they are the only vertebrate whose brain does not fill the cranium - and they grey matter is prevented from bouncing about but a kind of jelly like substance!  The truth of the matter is that when you are inactive for 20 of 24 hours you don't need to be that smart!

You can find more shots for creatures from around the world at Saturday Critters.