Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Wild Bird Wednesday 367 - Pacific Gull

The Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus) is a very large gull, with a mass of of just over 1kg and and a wing span reaching 1.5 m.  For comparison, the  Pacific Gull is a little smaller than the Great black-backed gull (Larus marinus), but it does seem to have a much larger beak for its size.

All in all they are am impressive bird.

This individual was loafing about a picnic area at Tidal River at Wilson's Promontory National Park.  As I was watching and photographing this bird I could see it was banded / ringed.  With a bit of help from the photographs I was able to read the ring details and send them off to the relevant authorities.

It turns out this bird was at least five years old when it was banded - which means it was banded as an adult.  It was banded 11 years, 11 months and 15 days before I saw it, which makes it around 17 years old!  That's older than my son!

Possibly not that strangely it was banded at Tidal River at Wilson's Promontory National Park - which means that the recorded movement for this recovery over almost a 12 year period, is zero! I wonder where it really has been.  I also suspect that this is not the first time this bird has been recorded.







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14 comments:

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

That is a very imposing beak! I imagine that it is a very aggressive species, like the Black-backed Gull. Will you be able to find out about the other places this bird has been seen? I was able to do that with a couple of bands I reported. Great series of photos!

Marcia said...

Sure looks like that gull has lipstick on!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
I have a fondness for gulls of all sizes; it is wonderful to have at least this much history to provide a little more character! YAM xx

Rhodesia said...

Wow, that is a really old bird I would think for the wild, it has obviously done something right. It looks like it has more than one ring though. Great that you managed to track down a bit of history. I am sure the person who originally put the ring on was delighted with the info. Great photos. Cheers Diane

David M. Gascoigne, said...

It is an impressive looking bird indeed, Stewart. It is great that you were able to read the band and submit the information to the appropriate authorities, thereby determining the age of the bird. Bravo!

Brian King said...

What handsome birds! Love the red tipped beak!

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Great photos Stewart.

italiafinlandia said...

...with a touch of red lipstick. ;)

Pat Ulrich said...

Nice portraits, and how interesting that it's that old!

Marie Smith said...

It is a big one! You did well to read that band!

This N That said...

Wow..would never have thought that they lived that long..Great series of pictures..Love the bill..looks like lipstick!!!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I had no idea wild birds could live that long

Rohrerbot said...

I love that gull. It looks like its wearing lipstick!

Agnes Agnieszka said...

Nice photos