Sunday, 12 May 2013

Gulls Galore

Once again I went round by Seacliffe Road and thought I would photo some gulls. There was plenty of water around for them to paddle and drink from.  I stayed in my car and they got used to me being there.
Herring Gull - Adult summer
In Northern Ireland we have small and larger Gulls and most people seeing the must calls them all ‘Seagulls’ and never really look at the differences between them.  Our small Gulls take 2 years to mature and our larger Gulls take 4-5 years and during this time, their plumage continually changes.

The larger Gulls are Herring, Less Black backed and Great Black backed Gulls.  Today, I only saw adult Herring Gull however we can also see a first, second and adult summer Gulls in these photos and videos.

Below are second summer Herring Gulls.

This video shows first (darker gull) and second summer Herring Gulls

Now for the smaller Gulls.  This one below is an adult Common Gull.

Common Gull - Adult summer
Common Gull - first summer
Black headed Gull with a drip at his nose!
So I've got a drip!  It's cold out here!!
Look! See!  It's gone now!  Happy!
Although they are called Black headed Gulls, there head are actually chocolate coloured.  The next shot is a first summer Black headed Gulls.

Black headed Gull - first summer.
This last video is of Black headed Gulls both adult and first summer.

Hopefully over the 'summer',  I will see and be able to photograph the Great and Lesser Black backed Gulls for you to see.


  1. I love gulls; so full of character. But I do struggle to ID the juvenile ones.
    Enjoyed the videos too.

  2. Hi Keith I know what you mean. Did these photos help any? When the young are born I will try and take photos, that way we should get it into our heads!

  3. A great post on juvenile gull ID here Margaret...something I've never been able to get my head around I'm afraid!...[;o)

  4. Thank you for your comments. Yes I agree I also find it diffficult but am determined this year to crack it. Like I said to Keith I am going to take photos of the juveniles this year if I can and I think if I study them, I will eventually get them all. Perhaps that will work for you also.

  5. thank you so much for your kind email and for following my blog! i just added you to my reading list, too. :)

    the gulls are such handsome birds. i'd go crazy trying to keep the youngsters straight, though.

  6. Hi Tex Thanks for following my blog and comments. This year I am going to pay more attention to the gulls especially as I live at the seaside.

  7. Hi Margaret, Thank you so much for visiting my blog, emailing and following me and I hope you received my email :-) I have enjoyed looking through your blog today and over the weekend and actually think I have popped in a few times before probably from UKNHB. Anyway, as I said, I have enjoyed reading it and looking at your lovely photos, love the Herring Gull among the daisies and also the Greenfinch among daisies on the previous post. Like Keith and Trevor I find juvenile (well all gulls really) ID challenging. Living almost three hours from the nearest seaside I suppose it's not surprising although I realise of course they are not exclusively confined to the coast. Black-headed Gulls are the ones I see most here. I look forward to popping in as often as I can and if it ever stops raining here I hope to get out with the camera and post again myself!