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Seagulls are very persistent and bold when it comes to sniffing out food. This young silver gull, as yet without the adult’s tell tale red legs, red beak and snowy white feathers, hovered around a friends campsite hoping for tidbits @ Dalmeny on the south coast of NSW towards the Victorian border.
The Silver Gulls are another common Australian bird easily distinguishable with their white head, silver wings and red beak and legs. The red beak and legs indicate its an adult as when younger it would have had a black bill and legs and mottled wings. They can grow up to 43 cm and live wherever there is water be it the ocean or a river or lake.
The Grey-backed Silver Gull is a very common gull in Australia, the red legs and bill make this one an adult. They nest in large colonies on the ground lined with seaweed or in dead trees standing in lakes. They range in size between 38-43cms.
Acknowledgement: The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds, 2nd ed.
The Silver Gull is widespread in Australia and by adulthood they have red beaks and red legs and are around 38-43cm. They nest in small to large colonies on islands, lakes, saltworks etc prefering ground nests lined with seaweed, or they may nest on dead trees in standing lakes. They lay 3-4 eggs.
On first glance this common Australian seagull, a juvenile Silver Gull, appears to be a relatively plain white bird but this sun-baking gull has fluffed its feathers out to dry after a storm revealing a display of patterned feathers. When it is older its beak and legs will turn red and the brown tips on the side feathers will disappear.