Common Gull by jamibann

Common Gull

On our riverside walk there is an area of stones and sand where lots of common gulls are currently nesting. Strangely, we've never noticed this before. We saw it last week and went down to see if there was any action in the nests. Naturally, the birds fly off as soon as you approach, and it's quite difficult to find the nests, as they are basic and sparsely covered with twigs that you can walk past unless you have eye-balled the exact spot before you start walking towards it. There are lots of stones that look alike. Anyway, we found that almost every nest had 3 well camouflaged eggs in it, and we thought that it would be interesting to go back a few days later to see if anything had hatched. Most hadn't, but certainly will very shortly. This one however, was ahead of the game. Mum was sitting on one egg and 2 chicks. Of course she flew off when we approached, and one chick stayed put, the other ran off into a rabbit burrow. We backed off and watched from a distance. Mum returned, sat down on chick and egg and waited for the wayward chick to return. Here you can see it coming out of the rabbit burrow towards the safety of the nest. It was a fascinating half hour for us, just watching nature's show.

Off to see dad later today where we will be able to have a picnic with him in his garden.
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May 30th, 2020  
how great!
May 30th, 2020  
Such an interesting capture, Issi! And nice narrative. We start seeing more animals now that with the lockdown humans have left space for them. People keep posting in internet pictures never seen before of dolphins, Fox in gardens, and even bears walking in mountain villages. Covid has changed many things, some for the better, most for the worse
May 30th, 2020  
great story and capture - but I must ask what is on mum's head?
May 30th, 2020  
Great shot and story. The gulls tail makes it look as though she is wearing a hat. ha ha.
May 30th, 2020  
What a fun experience! We have little endangered Piping Plovers who nest on the shores of the Great Lakes in certain places. Humans are forbidden to approach, although Ranger and scientists always observe from a distance.
May 30th, 2020  
Super capture and story
May 30th, 2020  
Wonderful...such a great experience. Lovely you have captured the wayward chick returning
May 30th, 2020  
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Nice shot and story.
May 30th, 2020  
A lovely capture and story, have a nice picnic with your dad.
May 30th, 2020  
Lovely interlude watching nature happen....the chick looks quite big. Glad all turned out well in the end.
May 30th, 2020  
It is fun to watch nature. The Fish and Game Commission of our state has a webcam on an eagle's nest. We've been watching 2 chicks grow and they are close to leaving the nest- hardly looking like babies now. Have a wonderful visit with your dad. Great shot!
May 30th, 2020  
The clarity of the black and white on the parent gull is so striking. And that baby, oh my!—how darling.
May 30th, 2020  
How wonderful to be able to see this. Good catch.
May 30th, 2020  
What a great narrative to go with the image. I wouldn't have noticed the chick without it. Great storytelling.
May 31st, 2020  
Great photo and so good to be able to notice details in the peace of these days.
Seagulls have nested on the unused chimney of the house next to Mum's for several years and fascinating to watch. There are some interesting times when the baby gulls venture out of the nest.......
May 31st, 2020  
Great shot and story.
May 31st, 2020  
Splendid...VML the POV, giving the adult an interesting crest. I wish.
The chick has splendid camouflage.
May 31st, 2020  
@gilbertwood @onewing @s4sayer Yes, the gull's tail looks very much like a fancy hat or a crest. Maybe it's a lesser crested Ballater gull! ;-)
May 31st, 2020  
Lovely clear capture.
May 31st, 2020  
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