Silver Gulls are a large seabird and the most familiar of Australian gulls.
THIS GULL WAS STANDING VERY FIRMLY IN THE SHALLOWS FACING THE STRONG WIND AND SEEMINGLY GLARING AT ME AS I SHOT THIS PHOTO.The adult has a white head, neck and body, pale grey wings with black primaries showing white tips at rest.
The beak, eye-rings and legs are scarlet.
Immature Silver Gulls are duller, with brown flecks on wings forming a conspicuous bar in flight. Their beak is brownish and the legs blackish.
I see them everywhere, not just down at the beach.
On the old buildings at the Meat & Fish section of Queen Victoria Market in North Melbourne – waiting for the fish scraps to be thrown out at the end of market day…..
At Melbourne Zoo next to the pond in the Japanese Garden……
In the city square on the lawn area………
In my local area along the Maribyrnong River…….
You just never know when they’re going to take off……
or jump up and down at Port Melbourne beach…..
Or quietly sit down for a rest at St Kilda Beach (near South Melbourne) at dusk…..
Sometimes I have a longing for blue sky and sunshine and despite the dry, warmer day today indicating Winter is finally over, the skies are just dreary and overcast. Although if I didn’t have an appointment right in the middle of the afternoon, I might be tempted to go further afield. Overcast skies can make good light for bird photography. You don’t get the feathers of white birds being over-exposed.
So time to dive into the archives – 28th November, 2016.
Silver Gulls (Larus novaehollandiae) are common as mud – whether it be inner suburbs, beach or…..even local nature reserves in my current area. These large seabirds, the most familiar of Australian gulls, are found just about all over the country except for a small inland area in Western Australia.
I think I captured this one on a river walk along the Maribyrnong River soon after I moved to the area and the lovely blue background just reminds me of the warmer, sunny days to come.