common black head gulls on hayling island

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Black Heads

Posted by
Antony (Portsmouth, United Kingdom) on 29 December 2006 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

It has actually taken me the majority of the week trying to find what gulls these really are! Many people would just say seagulls but what really made me wonder was the fact that every single one of the gulls had black heads.
So....after a bit of research i actually couldn't believe how many types of gull there where! After about 30 minutes looking on yahoo and wikipedia i actually found out these gulls are called "Common Black Headed Gulls".. i guess if i just used common sense i would of done it quicker! but if i used common sense i wouldn't of known that "Larus Ridibundus" is the technical work for them....
Well anyways, this was taken on Hayling Island beach front, the reason i decided to add this picture is because if you actually examine the photograph you will see allot of action.
The fact that only one of the gulls has food in its mouth and the rest are chasing him/her as if for survival or fun and games, another thing that captured my eye was the little break in the clouds in the center.
When i took this photo me and my family was just getting into the car to go home and i had my window down, as the engine started this is what i saw! lucky my camera was already set up also it was a great advantage to have got most of the gulls behind that big white cloud because they come out so crisp.
I think the only disadvantage which people would turn there nose up to this photograph would be that dam lamppost just inside the right hand side! but what do you expect from a slip second decision to take the photo