Posted by: Debra Kolkka | February 26, 2014

Spot the difference

I think seagulls are beautiful birds, they are so sleek and clean. The bird is actually called the Silver Gull and is a very successful scavenger. Humans’ bad habit of throwing rubbish about has been responsible for the growing number of seagulls.

The Silver Gull has a white head, tail and underbelly, with grey back and black-tipped wings. Adult birds have bright orange legs and eye-ring.

Occasionally I see another type of seagull. It has spots on its wings and brown legs. You can easily see the difference.

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This one very helpfully stood beside a Silver Gull so they could be compared.

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He even spread out his wing to show his spots.

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He then settled down for a little snooze.

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Maybe it is just a juvenile Silver Gull…any suggestions?


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  1. Wonderful captures!

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    • Thanks, the birds don’t seem to be bothered by humans…they just stand there and pose for the camera.

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  2. Cooperative birds, aren’t they. Loved the photo of the sleeping gull. Such fine-feathered friends. Hope your week is going well, Debra.

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

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    • I have only seen a couple of the spotted birds…or maybe it was the same one twice.

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  3. Beautiful! I saw on QI last night that seagulls are actually misnamed, because they never actually go out to sea! 🙂

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    • As scavengers I suppose they are much more likely to find dead stuff on the beach.

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  4. great bird watching Deb. You have us all pondering the difference between the silver grey bird and the gull with spots. Hope you find the answer for us.

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  5. They are good looking but not so much when they pick on garbage.

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    • They couldn’t do that if people didn’t leave rubbish exposed. They also clean up dead fish from the beach.

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  6. I also think that the spotted one is a juvenile…

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    • They are the same shape and it looked a bit smaller than the others.

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  7. Yes, the spotted one is a juvenile. I have sometimes seen a juvenile gull pestering its mother for a feed. And that always looks strange, because the “chick” is almost the same size as the adult.

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    • Thanks for the confirmation. I could see there were lots of similarities.

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  8. I think it probably is a juvenile- and my husband said it was – so it must be right! It actually looks a little like a dove. Such perfect colours in those photos.

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  9. Adorable!!

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    • They are beautiful birds, and fun to watch.

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  10. I’m not sure they are the same bird…I notice (or maybe it’s just a trick of the light/image) that their eye colors are very different.

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    • The legs and eyes were a different colour, but apparently it is a young bird.

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  11. I love the snoozing gull 🙂

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    • I love to watch them at the beach. Congratulations to you for the wonderful photo being included in WordPress photos around the world.

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      • Thanks Debra. That was quite a surprise 🙂

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      • Well deserved, your photos are wonderful.

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      • 🙂

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