Catching the fleeting scenes of many splendored life with a camera.
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11 February 2013

Mediterranean Gulls (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus)

The Mediterranean Gull, Ichthyaetus melanocephalus, is a small gull that breeds almost entirely in the Western Palaearctic.
This gull breeds in colonies in large reed beds or marshes, or on islands in lakes. Like most gulls, it is highly gregarious in winter, that's when a sizeable flock visits our pond and hangs around until spring. It is not a pelagic species, and is rarely seen at sea far from coasts.
The Mediterranean Gull's an opportunistic omnivore, feeding on fish, worms, scraps, insects, offal and even carrion.

Mediterranean Gull (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus) on the water
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Mediterranean Gull (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus) adults perched on handrail
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Mediterranean Gull (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus) adults in winter
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Mediterranean Gull (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus) flying over the water
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Every time people throw bread to the ducks and coots, a noisy scuffle ensues.

Mediterranean Gull (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus) and mallard ducks (Anas platyrhynchos) fighting for food. (© LightColourShade. All rights reserved)
The winner:

Mediterranean Gull (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus) with a piece of bread in the beak
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2 comments:

  1. Gulls are among my favorite photographic subjects, and you have done a masterful job of catching their variegated activities. But I just LOVE your second picture!

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    1. Thanks, actually the second one is my favourite too. I adore gulls and seabirds in general, I envy the freedom and elegance of their hovering flight. Lucky birds, as long as they don't get into human hands.

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