Great Black-backed Gulls

New park residents 

For the last week or so we have had some new winter residents on the shoreline, the latest visitors being a pair of Great Black-backed Gulls.

They are often seen in Lytchett Bay and Holes Bay but not usually along the park shoreline. The picture does not do them justice, but they are very impressive and very large!

Giant seagulls

This gull is the worlds largest and it becomes most noticeable when it spreads its wings for take off, it has a wingspan of just over five feet.

It is also quite long-lived at least one being recorded as 27 years old.

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