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!

Now it's over to you - click on the little blue button at the bottom of the page join in.  Thanks to all those who spread theWBW word last week - lets keep growing!  Cheers SM.


57 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

love the fence line-up!

Chris Rohrer said...

I understand the LBBG but the BHGU? If it has a brown head....wouldn't it be a Brown-headed Gull? Sometimes bird names don't sense.....take for example the Ring-necked Duck? That duck as a ring around the bill?!!!

Gunilla Bäck said...

I love gulls! These are the most common gulls in Finland as well. The black headed gull is called a "laughing gull" in both Swedish and Finnish. :-)

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Stewart Yes I also like gulls and today for the first time, with my new 'replaced camera' - (got water in the last one!), I went out to the walled garden and around the coast and photographs the flowers and some gulls. All of your shots are terrific. Thanks for hosting.

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful gulls! I've never seen the ones in the first shots!! Terrific captures as always, Stewart! Hope your week is going well!

Jo said...

Beautiful shots as always, Stewart. I have never seen Black-headed (brown headed) Gulls Love the row of gulls on the fence post. I'll link up my rather long post tomorrow. Greetings Jo

Frank said...

Nice introduction Stewart to 3 of our regular species.

Now when you include Common, Great Black-backed, plus Yellow-legged and Mediterranean with their various plumage from 1 to 4 years the ID challenge gets very interesting!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Gulls...always a favorite to watch!!! You have some wonderful images Stewart.

bas van Es said...

heel mooi ,maar om er zo mooi 10 op een rij te ktijgen.,prachtig.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Funny you mention their calls. My wife and I fell in love with that sound when we moved to Florida.

We don't make it to the beach anymore...but thankfully (as long as your car doesn't get splattered) they love parking lots...for some reason.

Mama Zen said...

Beautiful shots!

Glennis said...

I like the gull in flight, and the lined up ones.

Christian Weiß said...

Great photos of the gulls, the identification of gulls is sometimes a own science, espacially the herring gull and yellow-legged gull or realted species.

Linda W. said...

Great photos! I especially like the one where you captured the gulls all lined up in a row.

mick said...

Great photos of all those different gulls. Up here in SE Qld we seldom see more than the Silver Gulls - too easy!!

eileeninmd said...

Stewart, great series on your gulls.. I like the Black-headed Gulls. I believe the other two are seen here also.. Great shots.. Thanks for hosting. Enjoy your the rest of your week!

June Caedmon said...

Wonderful images, Stewart. Gulls are so pristine somehow. It's the white feathers, I think. Regal even. Great captures!

Gunsside said...

Very Nice shots
beautiful gulls

bailey-road.com said...

Terrific shots of the gulls, Stewart! The Black-headed Gull is pretty sharp-looking.

Al said...

I never knew there were so many kinds of gulls - nice descriptions and photos of them!

Gail Dixon said...

That Black-headed Gull is really beautiful! I've never seen one. Your photos are truly lovely. Thank you for hosting WBW.

babsjeheron said...

Your excellent photos shed an entirely new light on Gulls, Stewart. They are so common here, so often taken for granted that their beauty is often overlooked. I especially like their vibrantly-hued feet!

Dave Wenning said...

Hello Stewart! Your Black-headed Gulls are similar to our Bonaparte's Gull. Are you back living in the UK again or just visiting? I have never done Wild Bird Wednesday, so I thought it was about time. All the best.

Karen said...

I like gulls too.
The black-headed ones are cool. Great shots, love the fence sitters.

thewovenspoke said...

Gulls are interesting birds to watch, have yet to see a black headed one. Fantastic shots as always Stewart!

Bethany Carson said...

The black-headed gulls are very neat looking! Never seen them!

Felicia said...

wow these are gorgeous images Stewart.

DeniseinVA said...

I like gulls too, always have. Great photos Stewart. I joined in this week.

diane b said...

Interesting to see different gulls. I love them all sitting on the fence.

Irma said...

Hello Stewrat,
Lovely series of seagulls.
Picture 2,6 and 7 are my favorite.
Best regards, Irma

Jo said...

Hi Stew - rat? I don't think you're a rat, so that's real typo, not doubt.LOL! (I hope Irma doesn't mind me taking the mickey!) On another note, I took note and listened to teacher last week and encouraged one of my blogging friends from Oz to join. I see she did. Thanks for hosting this great great meme. I love birding and blogging! Jo PS When are you flying to EA to show me how to take such great photos?

Vineeta Yashswi said...

Beautiful...

A Quiet Corner said...

Naturally I love the Black Headed Gull...because his head is brown!!!!...:)JP

Arija said...

Love your images Stewart, they are quaint with their dark faces.

Roan said...

Those black-headed gulls are awesome. Love the fence shot! Odd how they are called black and not brown.

Pete Shanley said...

Great shots - I remember the first time I heard kelp gull (only 1-2 years ago) & thought - "just like the movies". It must look & sound similar to the Herring gull.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Beautiful gull images. I just wish that some of the immature and hybrid gulls were easier for me to identify. As for the "sound of the sea," our Red-tailed Hawk call shows up almost any time a filmmaker wishes to portray and eagle-- or a wild place no matter where in the world. I guess the Kookaburra also get a lot of play in jungle scenes.

EG CameraGirl said...

I like gulls too, Stewart. I fear we are very rare. ;)

Andrea Priebe said...

They may be common to those in the UK, but they are new to me and adorable ... they look like kids who needs to wash their faces. The Herring Gull seems to make his way around the world because I have seen him on our shores, but black back is new to me as well. Love all of your shots and the brown heads on the black headed gulls make them particularly photogenic.
So I arrive a day later than usual, Stewart ... must have something to do with being old. I got up yesterday with my Coots in queue and woke up this morning and they were still in queue ... so what happened to yesterday? ... hmmmm. But, as I said in my post, it is Wednesday here in the States, so I am still on time any way you look at it:) Have a great week, Stewart ...

Andrea @ From the Sol

Beate said...

Amazing shots of those beautiful birds! Love them. The third one is my favorite :)

Ida said...

These are wonderful. The expression on the birds face in the first shot is so funny and the detail was amazing. Loved the line-up of Gulls too. Had no idea there were so many different varities.

BumbleVee said...

We have gulls too... which I always thought strange as we are landlocked..... but, I must find out what type we have now..... thanks for the push..... maybe that's what I'll try for next week....for now, I have just some cute house sparrows....

Andrés Sánchez Soto said...

Magnificent images so I congratulate you.

A greeting, friend and see you soon.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I have never seen one with a brown head before (even in pictures). Really beautiful.

janiceadcock said...

Wonderful shots, Stewart! I cannot pick a fav but the lineup is surely fun! Blessings!

ladyfi said...

Gorgeous shots of the gulls!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

It's me again Stewart-- Thanks for visiting my blog and mentioning my earlier comment on the "misuse" of bird sounds in movies. We hear Kookaburras in Tarzan movies with action supposedly in Africa, but they were filmed along the New River in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, an area now filled with luxury waterfront homes!

Montanagirl said...

Splendid Gull shots - and yes, all those Gulls lined up on the fence made for a terrific photo-op!

Lee said...

Beautiful, cheeky, greedy birds. :)

Mary Cromer said...

Gulls really are such beautiful birds. Your images are right on and the Black Headed Gulls are great looking~

Small City Scenes said...

I like Gulls too. When my late husband was ill I would take him to a local secluded beach area and we would stop at the used bred store and get some loaves and off we'd go to feed the Gulls. Not too much of course. They can be so funny with the strangest antics. Silly birds you provided some laughter in an old man's last days. MB

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Great photos of the black-headed gulls!

Marie said...

The black headed gulls are really interesting! Love the photos of both those and the more common variety too.

Hilary said...

You have lovely gulls.. I quite like those brown/black heads.

maryaustria said...

Amazing photos! Love the line-up!

Susan (ABON) said...

Stunning photos of the gulls, Stewart. I really like the line up :)

Pat Tillett said...

I have never heard of, let alone see, brown headed gulls. That is a good looking bird. Nice photos of them also.