Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Black-backed Gull

The Southern Black-backed Gull



This large gull is a a native of New Zealand and is found from the coast to the farmland.  It is one of New Zealand's few native birds that is not protected, and in fact is sometimes quite a pest on farms around lambing time.    


We spotted this chick along the beach at Kapiti Island.  He blended in to the stony beach and was hard to spot until he moved.  They are 3 years old before they molt into the sleek black and white adult plumage.  Until then they are a grey mottled colour.


The mother arrived on the scene and let us know she was unimpressed with the fact that we were admiring her baby.  It is easy to see why they do so well, not many animals would stand up to them. 


She kept an eye on us to make sure we left.  A very handsome looking bird, but not one I would argue with.

17 comments:

  1. Great post on your native gulls. I love the adorable chick. Have a happy week ahead!

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  2. Love your bird shots especially the last one.

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  3. We have the Great Black-backed Gull up here. I can see the big difference is under the wings. Thanks for showing.

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  4. Your photos are great and the baby is so cute! These gulls are truly brave and have a wide territory. We see them occasionally in the cows water troughs about 30km from the ocean!

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  5. Beautiful photography of the gulls for OWT ~ thanks,
    thanks, carol
    www.acreativeharbor.com

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  6. Maybe sometimes a pest but great to hear that New Zealand has some unprotected native birds and beautiful photos.

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  7. Beautiful photos! The parents are very fierce protecting their young.

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  8. Another gull to watch out for on my walks but maybe they don't come across the waters to Australia.

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    1. I'm not sure if they head your way. I only read of them in New Zealand.

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  9. Mothers are like that, aren't they. Love the last shot. Determined. - Margy

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    1. Not a mother you would mess with.

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  10. Oh, great captures! What a handsome bird and sweet little chick.

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  11. A gull with attitude, its the same the world over, never-the-less its a smart bird.
    All the best Gordon.

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  12. Oh I love the little gull and Mom is serious about protecting that baby... Cute post for Nature Notes...Michelle

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