As a number of you may have noticed I was in New Zealand in the middle weeks of January - what a place! I can only recommend you go there.
One of the issues I faced as a birder there, was 'translating' the common names of the birds I saw into a form with which I was familiar. According to my field guide, the birds in this post are Black-Backed Gulls, or to use the Maori name, Karoro. If I had seen the same bird in South America it would have been called a Dominican Gull, and if I had seen it at home I would have called it a Kelp Gull.
The bird is of course all of these and none of them at the same time. All over its distribution this bird is Larus dominicanus - its formal name giving us all the certainty I need, that, having seen Kelp Gulls in Australia, my life list had not clicked up by one when I saw a Black-Backed Gull in NZ.
In the past people have laughed at me for my interest in taxonomy - but I think this is a nice example of why its important. We can't know what things are unless we agree on a name - so here, in all its gully glory is Larus dominicanus.
If you look at the post from yesterday, you will find more images of the black sand beach on which I took these pictures.
These birds, like most wild gulls (rather than their chip loving urban cousins), are difficult to approach - so I was rather pleased with these images.
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