Tuesday, 20 March 2012

World Bird Wednesday - Pacific Gulls


You should have been able to work out by now that I have a fondness for these gulls. These are Pacific Gulls, and as you can see they are huge.

For all their enormousness, they still seem to have a feeling of grace to them – that huge bill can slice through food like a knife through hot butter, but I’ve still seem them flick tiny shreds of seaweed off chunks of fish with the delicacy of a surgeon.

For those of you who like fact and figures here are some: They can grow to by 67 cm in length, have a wingspan of 169 cm and males can weigh in at 1.6 kg – this can be summed up in a very simple way “they’re big”.



You will be able to find more birds at World Bird Wednesday.


You can find the latest post to my other blog by clicking on the Paying Ready Attention image on the RHS of the screen.

Enjoy the birds.

PS: this is the 200th post to my photo-blog!

25 comments:

Fraser G. said...

Often see these down around the East Gippsland Lakes and they look amazing!

Bush and Beach said...

They are certainly magnificent birds. Congrats on 200 posts!!

Arija said...

They certainly are BIG. I rather like them too and their brownish youngsters.

We're in travel mode, so it is off again in the morning.

Have a great week.

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful bright bills and feet! crayola yellow!

Sylvia K said...

Love your beautiful gulls, Stewart! Marvelous captures for the day!

sylvia

HansHB said...

Awesome!
And, - perfect for WBW!
Have a nice evening!

Gary said...

And they sure have a big beak!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Andrew said...

A wonderful gull to see Stewart..

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I think I've seen those on our side of the ocean (in Oregon). I'm pretty sure the gulls could take over the world if they wanted to!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

I am not sure how large they are in the way we measure, yet I shall take your word that they are large and they are very wonderful to view as well! Are they as large as an Albatrose? Beautiful images!Have a wonderful week Andrew~

FjÀllripan said...

They sure are beautiful and you captured them well!

Larry said...

Wow Stewart, those are huge! Two feet tall with a five foot wingspan? They must be pretty formidable birds! Beautiful also. Nice photos!

mick said...

Congrats on the 200th post on your blog! I really like the look of those big gulls. They only occur up here as rare vagrants.

heyBJK said...

Love those black backs and the bills! They are much larger than any gulls I've seen. Great photos, Stewart!

eileeninmd said...

Congrats on your 200th post. It is a big gulls and I like the colorful beak and feet. Wonderful photos.

troutbirder said...

Two very fine blogs on a most interesting and adventurous life. Congratulation on 100 posts on this one. Thanks for stopping by to check on my snowy owl rescue. We're still awaiting word from the raptor center on the final outcome...

jane said...

Lovely pictures - gulls are so graceful - I am going to the coast in a week or two so I shall be gull watching - I am pleased that you enjoyed my Bridgnorth blog - have a good week - Jane UK

Liz said...

Pacific Gulls really are HUGE!! I was amazed when I discovered them at Hastings Marina in December... and even more amazed when we couldn't identify them because (as we discovered) they were juvenile.
I would have loved to capture the mature adults... so very different from the juveniles!
Great shots Stewart.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful birds and your photos, too.

Regards and best wishes

Tammie Lee said...

wonderful seagull images.
i use to live along the coast of Calif and would see gulls everywhere. then when i moved north and inland to Montana i was so surprised to see them here! i thought they lived hear the 'sea'.

joo said...

Their beaks are cute:)

Kathie Brown said...

Those beaks are amazing! I can't even imagine how big the gulls are. Congrats on your 200th post! Thanks for all your visit to my blog!

Springman said...

These amazing gulls would be wonderful to chase. You are right it is "gull week" but then, isn't that true every week? Friendly gulls certainly fill in the scant weeks when rarer birds go missing. Personally I love photographing them in flight, they are natural clowns too, and like you say totally graceful.
Cheers Stewart!

NatureFootstep said...

wow, that is a big gull. And it has a really strong bill too. Nice shots.

Connie Smiley said...

Good shots of those beauties, and I liked reading about their eating habits. Congrats on hitting 200! Have a great weekend.