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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Herring Gulls

A couple of posts ago there was some discussion of seagulls and methods used to discourage them from roosting (defecating) on window ledges/street lamps and other places where their droppings may cause a problem. Apparently droppings on the exterior of the space shuttle survived a journey into space, although they were destroyed during the burn-out return.

However much people may dislike their presence, in Canada they are a federally protected species. It seems that about a hundred years ago they were actually a threatened species on the east coast due to people hunting them and eating the young and eggs. However, they are currently thriving and are not considered endangered. The trio above are probably Herring Gulls (Larus argentatus), two adults and a juvenile. I write probably because the taxonomy of gulls is controversial. They are called four year gulls because it takes them 4 years to mature. Gulls have not had very good press but I like their sturdy independence and their mournful querulous cries are as much a part of our shorelines as is the sound of waves.

11 comments:

Jacob said...

Truly interesting. We do not have these kinds of gulls in Florida so far as I know. Very attractive, actually. Ours are variations on white.

Jabba said...

I admit - I love sea gulls. I love watching them waddle around and also enjoy their cries - reminds me how near we are to the ocean. I grew up on the prairies, so when I first moved out here it was music to my ears! I guess it's just stuck with me.

Nancy said...

I'm surprised they are a protected species but happy they are.

cieldequimper said...

Interesting and great shot!

JM said...

Fantastic composition! Love this shot!

nanak said...

yeah! i agree with JM.

Martin In Bulgaria said...

Gulls are survivors

Marie-Noyale said...

Even teenagers seagulls are rebellious , they refuse to imitate their parents!!!
For me the seagulls cries mean I am home in Brittany France and on vacation!!!!

Irene Keselman Photography said...

Great image. Love the poses.

Al said...

They almost look 3D.

Petrea said...

What's not to like? They're beautiful birds, and this is a terrific shot.