Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Ring-billed Gulls



Ring-billed gulls

Ring-billed gulls are very common in the Toronto area. They are fairly aggressive gulls and can be found just about anywhere where there's water...or French Fries.  They are excellent scavengers and especially love messy people who leave behind tasty tidbits. You may hate gulls but actually they do us a BIG favour cleaning up after us.

Diving for  Dollars  dinner

But their diets are not limited by what we leave behind.

A tasty invertebrate

Got one!  Sometimes gulls fight with each other over such findings but this day...

Gotta savour this!

food must have been plentiful so the lucky gull was able to eat in peace.


I am connecting to Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE

51 comments:

llandudnopictures said...

Gulls certainly like their food!

Breathtaking said...

Happy New Year! Neat Pictures!:)Gulls are handsome birds, but yes they can be a nuisance.

Revrunner said...

I feel the same way about french fries. :-)

Mersad said...

You always make fun wildlife images. Love these.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

eileeninmd said...

Ha, I had a laugh over the fries comment.. Yes, the gulls do love their fries.. Great post and photos.. Enjoy your day!

Anvilcloud said...

They used to gather under the bridge in Sarnia where we had 3 chip trucks. They were well rewarded for their efforts.

Sandra said...

that is the most awesome dive ever, he is standing on his head. the last 3 are fantastic.. i can see them printed and framed in a set of 3. i love gulls.

Bethany Carson said...

Awesome shots! That is quite the photo of the dive!

see you there! said...

You got some great shots of the gulls. Yes they can be noisy but I like to see them by the Bay.

Darla

John's Island said...

I always enjoy birds and these are some superior shots! Nice work!

Kathy said...

Beautiful shots! I love the white on white.

William Kendall said...

I like them. They're such characters!

Bob Bushell said...

Brilliant images.

Mary Hone said...

Awesome, I love that diving one.

Judy said...

You caught that second shot at just the right moment.

Linda W. said...

Nice action shots!

Karen S. said...

Oh yes, breakfast is good today.....I just may keep diving all day long too!

TexWisGirl said...

awesome shots! great action!

VP said...

A great action sequence!

Carola Bartz said...

I actually like gulls - I think they're smart and quite funny. Not good for them to eat French fries, though, but of course they do that when they find some. I have seen them fighting over potato chips at the beach.

Sylvia K said...

I can always count on a smile to start my day when I visit your site every morning!! I do love these -- as always! Have a beautiful day!!

Hilary said...

Great catches for both the diving gull and the EG Cameragull.

Karen said...

Love the nose dive!

Existe Sempre Um Lugar said...

Boa tarde, as fotos são magicas pela boa qualidade, cor e nitidez, são uma beleza que aprecio.
AG

Susan said...

I've had to fight off gulls at the beach in Southern California for my crackers or chips. Gees those guys are gutsy!

Cool pictures girl!

lindaakacraftygardener said...

Fantastic photos of the gulls with their wings open.

RedPat said...

My cat loved fries too! He also would have liked to try gull if it was available - he was a real hunter at heart!

Malyss said...

I like to observe them ! once again, you made fantastic pictures !

A Quiet Corner said...

I love watching the gulls at the beach...such large birds, too!...:)JP

Neil said...

Great shots.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Beautiful wing spread on the gulls - especially in the third photo. And you offer a great case for giving these shorebirds some respect.

Ruth Hiebert said...

I like the diving shot. I go to a spot in summer where the Gulls hang out and they make wonderful photo props.

Lea said...

Gulls are fascinating to watch
Great action photos!

Margaret Adamson said...

the diving shot is fabulous.

Ginny said...

These are awesome pictures!!! And look at that wing span! Each shot is beautiful, you should make a collage and put it somewhere.

Susan said...

Wowee!!! What a great lot of photos... that second one especially.
Loved the post.
I'm not a contributor this week, but popping over to admire :D)

Lowell said...

These are so good! I especially like the one where the gull is diving into the water.

Lois said...

You got some wonderful action shots of those gulls! We have plain old sea gulls here and they are quite pushy.

Cloudia said...

FABULOUS compositions!




ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral
<3

Randy said...

Great shots.

Michelle said...

Great action shots

Stephanie said...

Super action shots!

diane b said...

A fabulous series of photos.

kelley jensen said...

we don't get many gulls around here but I have been to a few lakes where they were aggressive enough to fly down and snatch your lunch from your hand while it was on its way to your mouth!

Mary Cromer said...

Oh you got some marvelous images to share. Love each and every one of them~

Marie said...

Great photos! And you are so right that they help clean up after the messy.

Rose said...

That second shot makes me laugh out loud almost...fabulous capture.

Valerie said...

Great captures, E.G. You sure were in the right spot at the right time to shoot the entry into the water!

NatureFootstep said...

wow for the dive :) Never ever seen a shot so perfect before :) A once in a lifetime shot :)

You are welcome to join in NF DAM as soon as life gives you 5 min to spare :)

BumbleVee said...

hhahahhah love the nose dive.... and, that third one....absolutely beautiful!

Hannah said...

Fabulous shots, I find it so difficult to photograph birds in flight. That is a stunning shot of the dive. Sea gulls are such funny birds to watch. I don't see them much.

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