If you happen to have posted any pictures of gulls on your blog, it is more than likely that I have mentioned that we don't have many species of gulls in Australia in a comment.
Back in the dim and distant past I used to try to find 'interesting' gulls in the UK - all with a consistent level of failure I must say. I still scan gull flocks here, but the chance of finding anything other than a Silver Gull (our default 'sea-gull'), a massive looking Pacific Gull or the rather restricted Kelp Gull, are pretty slim.
These are some shots I took of Pacific Gulls that were loafing around on the beach at Walkerville, a small seaside community about 2 1/4 hours SE of Melbourne.
While scale is hard to judge, the size and shape of the beak gives a reasonable indication that this bird is huge. Large males can weigh over 1.5 kg and have a wingspan of almost 170 cm. The banded birds in these shots were either banded as chicks - or by people with no regard for their own safety!
This bird is in the 'classic' gull genus - Larus - and its specific name 'pacificus' is as misleading as its common name. In reality this is a bird of the Southern Ocean.
I rather like these birds - especially the juvenile doing a spot of yoga!
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