PACIFIC GULL (Larus pacificus)

Before I took up Photography as a hobby in 2010, a seagull was a seagull.

I never knew there 6-7 Gulls in Australia and certainly had never heard of a Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus).

 These gulls are large and have a very distinctive large yellow beak with a red tip.  When I first saw the juvenile brown gull, I thought it was a different species. The juveniles keep their grey-brown feathers and assume their adult plumage over 3-4 years.

The adults have bright yellow legs while the juveniles have more a dark pinkish grey leg colour.  They’re widespread and common, but rarely far from the sea.

I’m glad I managed to capture photos of the Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus)together with the common Silver Gull (Larus novaehollandiae), so you can see the size comparison.

They’re quite common down at Port Melbourne beach at low tide where they search the tide line and seaweed for food, but I’ve also photographed them at St Kilda beach, the closest southern bay side beach to Melbourne City.

8 thoughts on “PACIFIC GULL (Larus pacificus)

  1. I first saw the Pacific Gulls on Flinders Island. A handsome bird.
    P.S. Poor John and I are about to board a flight for West Africa. Won’t have a lot of internet access, but will pop in as often as I can.

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    1. A very handsome bird indeed, Peggy.

      Don’t worry about dropping in, just have a safe and enjoyable trip. The itinerary sounds both exciting and a wee bit unpredictable too. Take care 🙂 🙂

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  2. Those beaks are very impressive, Vicki. I find gulls among the most challenging birds to identify, because of the different plumages until they reach adulthood, and even then one has to look at eye, beak, leg, and feather color to narrow it down.

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