Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday 259 - Silver / Red Beaked Gull

A little bit more taxonomic confusion here.  For a long time, this bird was considered a full species - The Red-Beacked Gull, and it was only found in New Zealand.  Now it is considered a subspecies of the Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae).

These pictures were taken in Aukland harbour in New Zealand.  At the time I can remember thinking, I really can't see a difference between this bird and the Silver Gulls see on a daily basis.

As you may have gathered by now, I like many different sorts of birds - but the silver, grey and white combination sported by gulls really is rather magnificent.

So, this weeks WBW is brought to you by the Silver / Red Beaked Gull.






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21 comments:

Margaret Adamson said...

yes I always liked this gull when I was in Austria Stewart Thanks for hosting and have a great week ahead

Mary Cromer said...

They are lovely and I get what you mean about their colour being special. I enjoy seeing Gulls that vist down by the Ohio River even here in KY, though I don't get there often~

Breathtaking said...

Hello Stewart!:) Nicely captured images of the Red Beaked Gull,.. and with his silvery white feathers, and legs to match his beak, he is very handsome gull.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Stewart, pretty shots of your Red beaked Gull. There are so many species of gulls, I could never keep up with their id's. Thanks for hosting. Have a great day and week ahead!

NatureFootstep said...

I like this gull. I did see it in Cairns. :)

Andrea Priebe said...

His red feet are more red than his red beak ... that doesn't count? He is a handsome gull and like you I think they are impressive birds and quite the survivers given what they are usually up against. You seem to be doing a great deal of purposful traveling these days ... good for you. I would love to have a job that sent me the places you go :) I take that back ... I'm retired, don't need a job :)

Andrea @ From the Sol

Rhodesia said...

Excellent he obviously favours one leg :-) Cheers Diane

Sharon Wagner said...

Their colored blocked feathers are indeed quite spiffy.

Les Fous du Cap said...

Très bel œil cet oiseau ! ;-)
Céline & Philppe

Gordon said...

What ever name it goes by Stewart, its still a smart looking Gull
All the best Gordon.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

For me, it's the eyes.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Beautiful gull images. Our Thayer's Gull has also been downgraded to subspecies status. Theycan be a confusing lot!

A Colorful World said...

Great shots, Stewart...love his one-legged balance! :-)

June Caedmon said...

He is beautiful, Stewart! Well captured!

Missy George said...

Wonderful shots Stewart..They look like the Gulls along the Jersey shore..I think their beaks are red?? Maybe orange?/ It's been awhile.

Linda said...

Beautiful gull!

Dave Lewis said...

AND you got a lovely bird from behind shot! Bravo! One day the world will be brainwashed into my way of thinking...mwahaha!

Phil Slade said...

Us birders can somewhat neglect looking fully at gulls. I am guilty of that at times but when I take the time to inspect a full summer plumaged gull of any size and shape I am always impressed. We really need a Gull Appreciation Society.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Thanks to you and your silver-grey sponsor for bringing us this lovely post!

David Gascoigne said...

I have very fond memories of my time spent on New South Wales beaches with Silver Gulls.......and I wish to apply for charter membership in Phil's proposed Gull Aporeciation Society!

Pat Tillett said...

Fantastic photos Stewart!
Crystal clear and sharp as a tack...