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Spectacular Gulls and Terns 

 Western Gulls feeding and tending  to their chicks at Point Lobos.

Western gull chick

Western gull chicks getting food

Western gull chicks

Western gull chicks being fed

A week later the  Western gull chicks are testing their wings

 

Western gull chicks

 

Western gull chick in its shelter, an abandoned boat.  An additional chick is hidden. 

The next photo is taken 2 weeks later

 

   One parent is on the roof at all times to protect the youngsters.  

One of the young  gulls one week later

 

The young ones can fly and permitted me to take a family photo

Thoughtful Ring-billed gull

 

This gull must be a relative of Jonathan Livingston.

 

Juvenile

It is such a privilege to watch their fantastic flying skills.

Ring-billed Gull

 

Western Gull

 

 Shark for breakfast at the Martinez shoreline.

    A lucky gull for now

until a juvenile claims the crab

 

A sight you often see

 

 

Gulls cannot dive under the water because they are not designed for it. Some of them  have therefore found a compromise :

 They jump about 1 foot straight up in the air and then plunge down in the water head first.  In that way they may reach a prey located at a deeper level.

         

Western gull taking a nap

 

Bonaparte's gull at Zmudowski

 

State Beach Park in winter

 

Looking for prey

 

Western Gull

 

hunting crabs

 

brought in by the waves

Heermann's Gull in winter plumage

Heermann's Gull

Heermann's Gull

Heermann's Gulls

Heermann's Gull & Western Gull

Heermann gulls

 

Heermann's Gull

  

Heermann's & California Gull, Juv

 

Heermann's gull,  juvenile

  

Heermann's Gull looking for prey

 

Heermann's Gull

 

Heermann's  Gull among sea lions

The tide was particularly low that day. The ocean critters were exposed to the many hungry shorebirds. So when a juvenile gull caught a small octopus a prolonged fight broke out among the gulls to get it.

Look at the second photo and you will see that the arms of the octopus are strung around the Gull's beak.  So who caught who?

 

Juvenile gull found the octopus

The adults Pursue  the youngster

The juvenile looses its prey when they get into a fight

and a new pursuit starts over and goes on and on . We don't know if the octopus survived in the end.

 

This young California gull was fascinated by the bundle of straw. Perhaps there was a small prey within it.

 

Western Gull

  

A Western gull finding a starfish

 

Herring gull with a starfish

 

Heerman's Gull Juv. taking off from the Sealions platform

 

  Caspian Tern

 

Caspian tern

 

Caspian Tern

 

Elegant Tern making a turn

 

Elegant terns taking a bath

 

Elegant terns

 

debating something

or proposing ?

Elegant tern

Elegant tern

Elegant tern

Forster's Tern

 

Forster's Tern after a dive

 

  Two young ones waiting to be fed

 

They  can fly, but not yet  hunt for   fish

Tern parent coming by

 

Tern parent and a young

 

A skimmer and Ring-billed gulls

 

Skimmer, coot, and Ring-billed gull.

       
           
           
           

 

 

 

 

 

Copyright 1999 by Fritz Wilhelm, Zero & One,
Last modified: July 22, 2012