The Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus) is a very large gull found along the south coast of Australia, it range also extends north up the coast of Western Australia. Anyone with a decent familiarity with the geography of Australia will notice that it does not really exist on Australia's Pacific Coast!
This is a gull that takes about 4 years to reach gull maturity. Over those four years the bird transitions from mainly brown to the classic grey and white paint job of many gull species.
This species has the heaviest bill - described in some books as be almost 'grotesquely' large. I would not go that far!
These pictures do not do justice to how windy and wet it was on the day I took the pictures - it was dumping it down with rain and blowing a gale - and I was pleased to stay in the car to take the pictures. All these birds were around the harbour at Port Welshpool in eastern Victoria.
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Oh, I do love my gulls and this one is a corker - I tend to think that the bill is reminiscent of the puffin's... YAM xx
Thank you for the introduction to this tough bird, SReplyDelete
he certainly is enormous Stewart. Thanks for hosting, take care adn have a great week ahead.ReplyDelete
It is a fearsome-looking gull to be sure.ReplyDelete
They are burly-looking critters. Bet they can hold their own in a food fight.ReplyDelete
They look quite big and that beak is quite fearsome. Lovely set of photos at different stages of plumage. Cheers DianeReplyDelete
Hello Stewart,:=) It's a tough well built looking gull, and as it matures into adulthood, the large bill somehow looks more in proportion, perhaps because it's legs are longer!ReplyDelete
That bill is interesting, for sure! Great pictures!ReplyDelete
It's nice that it posed for you so you did not have to get wet.ReplyDelete
I wouldn't want to be the victim of that bill...Great pictures..ReplyDelete
Beautiful photos. I never saw this gull.ReplyDelete