Sunday, March 17, 2013

Those Lovely Gulls

For you larophiles out there, getta load of these...

Kelp ("Cape") Gull

Most of the gulls we saw in South Africa were in the coastal areas of the Western Cape. Kelp Gull was the most conspicuous. According to some authorities, the southern African race is a distinct species (Cape Gull).

Hartlaub's Gull

Hartlaub's Gull is an elegant gull, about the size of Bonaparte's Gull. It was split not too long ago from the similar Silver Gull.

Gray-hooded Gull

Gray-hooded Gull was not on my radar at all, so we were pleasantly surprised to see several. The bird pictured above was along the coastline, but this is the only gull you are likely to find inland in South Africa.

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