05 February 2012

Tarapunga, red-billed gull

Red-billed gulls (Chroicocephalus scopulinus), until recently placed in the genus Larus as Larus novaehollandiae scopulinus, are one of the most common shorebirds in Aotearoa, although apparently they're classed as "Nationally vulnerable". They were certainly plentiful at Flounder Bay, where I photographed this one in April 2008.

[18 April 2008, Canon 20D, 300mm f4 L IS, ISO 200, 1/200 at f8]

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Lesley said...

Is it covered with sand or has it lost part of its left foot?

pohanginapete said...

Lesley, in this case both feet were still intact, just a little sandy. However, gulls with one or sometimes both feet missing aren't unusual. I could speculate about the reasons, but I really don't know.