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Larus Australis (24)
Shoot_Score Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 302 N: 670] (2376)
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Whereas I am not a hundred percent sure about the ID of this gull,
and whereas I know that it is an Aussie Gull, I have for now named this post Larus Australis.
Larus of course is latin for gull...

Like all other gulls I know this one was also interested in dining out at McD's! I was having a coffee at said 5* establishment when young Mr. or Ms. Larus "dropped in"... After scrounging around my table < which had no leftovers > it went and sat on the wall behind me... whence I got a fairly close-up shot.
The red "bar" on the right edge is the "Welcome to *****" sign... It is my guess that this famished Aussie gull is able to read!

I suspect that this is actually the Silver Gull , as Australians call this "model"... [ The Silver Gull has a white head, tail and underparts, with a light grey back and black-tipped wings. In adult birds the bill, legs and eye-ring are bright orange-red. ] I am not sure though because of the colour of its beak.
Could it by chance be a juvenile?

The Silver Gull (Larus novaehollandiae) also known simply as "seagull" in Australia, is the most common gull seen in Australia. It has been found throughout the continent, but particularly coastal areas. The South African Hartlaub's Gull (Larus hartlaubii) and the New Zealand Red-billed Gull (Larus scopulinus) were formerly sometimes considered to be subspecies of the Silver Gull.

The Silver Gull should not be confused with the Herring Gull, which is called "silver gull" in many other languages (scientific Latin Larus argentatus, German Silbermöwe, French Goéland argenté, Dutch zilvermeeuw) but is a much larger, robust gull with no overlap in range.

It is a common species, having adapted well to urban environments and thriving around shopping centres and garbage dumps.


Source: WIKI

Cousin Larus Atlantis is posing here... as a WS.

This shot is dedicated to Dj; and this mew is for you too qiqiqi
Tech talk: photo shot handheld; cropped and scaled for TN.
No PP!; straight from Finepix3800.

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Shoot_Score Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 302 N: 670] (2376)
Larus Atlantis
Edited by:Shoot_Score Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 302 N: 670] (2376)

... aka "Meals to Go" or "Mewing About"

Larus Atlantis is a member of the Larus Borealis crowd...

Given that I implied that Larus Australis is a real gourmet, I must hasten to add that like its down-under cousin the Larus Atlantis doesn't take second place to any gull when it comes to being able to sniff out a "treat"... It will especially take seconds though as shown in this photo. It has even taken to take-out!

When I visited my bank recently I noticed in the parking lot, which it shares with the local 5* McD joint , a drama unfolding... Some twolegged guests at McD's had made a semi deposit of their spare "change". It didn't take long for a flock of craphawks to drag the deposit out of the "night-deposit-slot" and the fight for the spoils was on!

This shot is not the sharpest, nor is it a photographic marvel; however, I trust it illustrates how versatile gulls have become:

""As with many other gull species, the Herring Gull has become a successful scavenger, readily pestering humans for handouts of scraps, pilfering from unattended food containers or searching for human refuse at tips and dumps. Other food includes worms, fish, insects and crustaceans. ""

Tech talk: photo shot handheld; cropped and scaled for TN.
No PP!; straight from Finepix7000.