Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday 276 - Silver Gull

The Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae) is basically the default gull in Australia.  From my point of view, about 99% of all the gulls you see here are of this species.  They are, to say the least, but ubiquitous and abundant!

However, on close inspection they are also rather good looking - in that grey palette, with a brighter beak and legs kind of way.

This pictures are probably a little more portrait-like then many of my pictures, as these birds were stood in a concrete car park or on a rather new boat jetty.  Neither of the locations were particularly scenic!









To join in with WBW just click the blue button below the thumbnails - lets hope it shows up on time this week!  (sorry about that!)  SM

25 comments:

David Gascoigne said...

As you say, a handsome gull indeed.

Phil Slade said...

All gulls are rather handsome if we all just took the time to look closer. The eyes often have it. Thanks for the link-up Stewart.

Margaret Adamson said...

A beutiful clean cut gull. Thanks for hosting adn have a great week ahead.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
I do miss these daintier gulls; the massive herring gulls and black-backed beasties which frequent the Clyde shores have slightly less appeal... and yet... YAM xx

Findlay Wilde said...

Fantastic looking gulls. Gull numbers are starting to build on patch, so I will be spending a lot of time looking through them all.

Andrea Priebe said...

After a while all gulls start to look the same until you take a closer look as you have here. They are a handsome bird and I love the ringed eye and the red beak and feet. We have parking lot flocks here as well ... especially in the Walmart parking lots. They come, I assume, because people like me throw them scraps whenever I have some to spare. It honestly is hard to think of them as a water bird when I see them in a parking lot ... but then they are and they are great fisherman as well as scavengers. A good set of pictures, Stewart :)

Andrea @ From the Sol

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

They do look sleek and polished and your wide aperture blurs the background and frees the image from the distractions. Nice to take a closer look at common species and enjoy their beauty.

Linda W. said...

You always have the best bird photos!

Marie Smith said...

They are beauties indeed!

Sharon Wagner said...

I actually saw some new gulls on Barefoot Beach today. Although, they were probably terns now that I think about it. Handsome too.

Missy George said...

I think our Jersey Shore gulls have black backs..I like the silver..Ours are scavengers..Probably they all are..They will take the sandwich right out of your hand..Nice photos..

TheChieftess said...

I love seagulls...except when I'm outside eating and they try to steal my food! Yours look quite similar to ours...I think ours have more grey and black...they're actually California's state bird!!!

Liz Powley said...

I think seagulls unite the world. You can probably find them on every shore in some form, they are such great survivors. And they are truly beautiful birds. Having an argument with the gulls for your dinner is much easier than taking on pelicans (they're scary).

I was prepping some artwork this morning featuring some seagulls, so its a theme for today now :D

Lovely photos, thankyou for sharing and hosting this blog party :D

Best wishes,
Liz

Jo said...

Hi Stewart, I don't mind the portrait-like photos; these are beautiful images of very special [to me] birds in the avian world. I have my very, very best image ever of a gull - taken on holiday two years ago. Thanks for hosting this meme. Have a great day. Jo

A Quiet Corner said...

I never realized how many varieties of Gulls there are. These are rather distinguished looking, I think, especially after seeing these close-ups!...:)JP

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Hi Steward!!!..beautiful Gulls... Congratulations ..

Cloudia said...

Nice series, S

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

They're gorgeous

But all gulls are, huh

A Colorful World said...

They are beautiful birds! Great photos.

photodoug said...

Stewart, a marvelous gull. Thanks for sharing.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

They are quite handsome with their red stockings accenting the silver/gray. I like gulls, even the ones with plain black legs that we have around here. They're definitely opportunistic feeders which I find interesting.

Nora said...

wow that is a different gull to me, I have not seen one of those. I found a Ring-billed gull the other day.

Beth said...

The third photo is my favorite - a striking looking gull.

Lady Fi said...

Sweet shots.

Rhodesia said...

Great photos, Gulls are a bird I seldom ever see. I might see some over our trip in December though. Cheers Diane