Isn’t it a marvel to watch birds on the wing and note their contrasts in aerodynamic shape? There are those with powerful wing flaps to slender wing form aerialists, and then there are the dumpy waterbirds more adapted to diving than highflying?
It’s lively out there on the shoreline as the Southern Black-backed gulls breed from September through to March but mainly now, in November. They’re a robust species, dominating the shoreline and top of the pecking order when it comes to muscling in on opportunistic feeding. I was intrigued to see two adults tussling in a ‘beak pulling’ contest. I wondered if it was a play for dominance or perhaps a mating ritual. Anyone have any knowledge on gull behaviour?