The Black Gulls

The local gull population is made up predominantly of herring gulls, but we do have several other species locally. The great black backed gulls, the largest of the native gulls, tend to stay close to the coast but the lesser black backed gulls do come inland, and we’ve had two or three pairs nesting on the roofs at work. Gulls being gulls they also visit the local pond at Falmer Village, which is where I took this short sequence early today.

Lesser black-backed gull

Lesser black-backed gull

Lesser black-backed gull

Lesser black-backed gull

The lesser black-backed gull is relatively rare around here (I’ve seen plenty of them along the Thames in central London). A more numerous visitor is the small black-headed gull. They do of course frequent the coast, but they often also appear in small flocks on the Downs; and at the pond.

Black-headed gull

Yes, its head is brown, not black.

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens.

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  1. derwandersmann July 25, 2014 at 2:00 am #

    Very nice, Words! The action of the wings in takeoff is very apparent, and all the shots are crisp and clear.

    • Words July 26, 2014 at 10:46 pm #

      dW, thanks! the 400 prime is working pretty well now I’ve calibrated it to the camera.

  2. Darko July 25, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    I like the way water splashes behind the gull. And last photo, the black headed gull is excellent!

    • Words July 26, 2014 at 10:59 pm #

      Darko, thanks!