Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 316 - Pacific Gull

The Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus) is the largest gull in Australia, with a wingspan that can exceed 1.5m and a weight over 1kg.  The beak of this bird is huge - and it is very characteristic of this species (although it's size is pretty diagnostic in Australia too!)

Thie individual was loafing about in the car park at tidal river, and unlike many of the other creatures in that area was not over fond of people and cameras.

All is all this is a rather impressive bird!







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25 comments:

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Our Great Black-backed Gull does not look as intimidating as your Pacific Gull. Its bill is not as massive and it does not have that menacing blood-red tip. I assume both have similar predatory habits. Very nice photos with great detail.

Margaret Adamson said...

a Massive gull which I saw when I was on a pelagic trip years ago Thank you for hosting and have a good week head.

Lady Fi said...

What lovely shots! And glad it's peace-loving... (pacific -- get it?)

Florida Farm Girl said...

That is a large beak! I always enjoy your birds because most are unknown to us here in the States.

Rhodesia said...

The bird looks quite angry and I do not think I would like to be on the receiving end of that beak, it looks remarkably strong! Have a good week. Diane

italiafinlandia said...

I guess they are as noisy as the European gulls... ;)
Very nice shots!

Brian King said...

Impressive heavy beak on these guys! Very handsome gulls!

Marie Smith said...

It is huge. That beak must be able to crush shells!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Handsome!!! I particularly like the second shot... YAM xx

Lowcarb team member said...

I enjoyed your photographs.
They have such big beaks don't they.

All the best Jan

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Yes he is an impressive fellow and posed beautifully for you. We are ‘camping’ (in our little RV] along the Pacific Coast right now and have seen lots of gulls....hope to have them and with luck some other birds for WBW next week or the week after.

David Gascoigne said...

This is a bird I would really like to see, Stewart, so make sure you get it to stay until I get there!

JP A Quiet Corner said...

I've been to the beach ONCE this Summer, Stewart...ONCE...and got ONE pic of a gull...ONE., although it's not as handsome as yours...:)JP

Cloudia said...

Good shots!

photodoug said...

Stewart, nice capture of the Pacific Gull . Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

What a beautiful bird!! That beak is impressive. Very cool!

Missy George said...

That's quite a beak!!! Our Atlantic Gulls' beak is much smaller..of course there are many varieties of gulls but I don't know that I have seen any with a large beak..Handsome bird..looks as though he was posing for you..Nice shots!!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

And like all gulls, you can tell he has an attitude.

Connie Smiley said...

Sounds like an impressive bird. Looks like one, too. I love that second photo where he's on his tip toes.

BumbleVee said...

He is looking right at you in every shot...

Beth said...

The bright red on the beak makes for a very distinctive bird.

Tanza Erlambang said...

yellow beak, so impressive

betty-NZ said...

Yours looks like it has lipstick on! I haven't seen any here that have red tips.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, wonderful photos. The gulls looks like it is wearing lipstick. Great series.
Happy Monday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

Pat Tillett said...

He is a great looking gull. Very nice photos of him Stewart!