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Old Mar 1, 2006, 10:00 AM   #1
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This Gull is the largest in the world and recently their population has exploded.

My books all refer to this as a "predator of seabirds," but I think that's what happening is that they've learned to scavenge. Living in New York will do that...:G

These two shared the Flounder, and Gulls con't share except with the family...

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/BLGULFL2.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/BLGULFL3.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/BLGULFL7.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/BLGULFL8.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/BLGULFL9.JPG[/img]

A close crop from the preceding image.

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/BLGUFL9A.JPG[/img]

In all his glory. This Gull is thirty inches long with a six foot wingspan. Some of the immature forms look much more sinister then the rather neat looking adult.

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/BLGLFL10.JPG[/img]

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Old Mar 1, 2006, 10:04 AM   #2
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Very nice series!
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Very nice Dave. Looking at the first few pics I was thinking they must have a wide wing spread. 6 feet for a gull...wow!



Oh....did they catch the flounder or is that one beachkill/roadkill? (so to speak)
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Very nice Dave. Looking at the first few pics I was thinking they must have a wide wing spread. 6 feet for a gull...wow!



Oh....did they catch the flounder or is that one beachkill/roadkill? (so to speak)
Yes, it's "roadkill" of some sort. But these Gulls are listed as predators, not scavengers - And in my observations over the last three years, they seem to be basically eating stuff they find. Ornithologists say that they have "exploded" in population, and I suspect they've been paying attention to the Herring Gulls...:G

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