Dolphin Gulls are sub-antarctic birds, living in the coastal regions of the southern ocean, and like most gulls can usually be found around boats and people, searching for hand-outs.
They are native to southern Patagonia, specifically Chile, Argentina and The Falkland Islands. Vagrants will visit the Sandwich and South Georgia Islands. They are quite beautiful snow-white birds and are smaller than most gull species, with much shorter, less lethal beaks.
This happy gull likes the freshly fallen rain water,
and drinks all he can the conventional way,
before turning his head almost completely upside down to guzzle more down!
Cheers to you from the Dolphin Gulls of the southern latitudes~
232 thoughts on “Dolphin Gulls~”
Wunderschöne Aufnahmen Cindy. Danke fürs zeigen.
Danke, dass du so ein sehr netter Freund Ernst bist!
Beautiful photos … Hello Cindy
Hello & happy Monday! Thank you for your continual kindness my friend and be well.
What a handsome fella!
They seem more gorgeous than ordinary gulls, must be the red stockings, lipstick and eyeliner!
Beautiful detail, Cindy. And the tranquil little harbor is very enticing!
This is Ushuaia’s harbor and it exactly as you describe. Have a wonderful week Peter~
Matching feet and beaks – very vibrant 🙂
And eyeliner. Tres chic!
Nicely done Cindy Regards from Florida.
Thank you and cheers back to you in beautiful Florida <3
Can´t help but love this little guy!!
My feelings precisely <3
The redness of the beak and feet! Never seen that before! Wonderful.
The way it contrasts with the snow white feathers make these birds truly lovely 🐦
This is a very fashionable beauty, with her red shoes and red lipstick! Love it!
And red stockings and eyeliner! She is one chic chick 🐦
She sure is! I agree with Resa, she’s very fashionable indeed!!
A new Gull species for me, and such a beauty with the matching beaks and legs/feet against that snow white body. Wonderful photos, Cindy, I love that last drinking shot, awesome!
Awwww, we both <3 the 🐦🐦! Thank you & cheers~
Excellent photos Cindy. How’d you get so close?
Thanks much! They most politely, let me. Sweet 🐦🐦
You have a knack for it…
I <3 🐦🐦!
What stunning red legs!
It kinda makes me want to wear red! 😉
I am amazed at the designing of nature…there is a red streak in the eye too! Fantastic bird as well as the pictures!
Thanks much and yes, it is a fantastic bird, and Mother Nature knows how to rock the color palette! 🐦
This video wouldn’t load but cheers to you my friend and have an awesome week! 🐦
I am in an intent to leave facebook. I think that this commercial media is another nasty product of N.W.O.
Yeah, FB is not my favorite either.
Thank you my friend and be well! 🐦
Lovely photos, Cindy. 🙂
Thanks my friend & cheers to you 🐦
Do dashing with their orange bill and feet. 🙂 Great photos. 🙂
So dashing …
Yes! I think they are super fashion forward which is probably why they liked looking at their reflections in the rain puddles! 😉
I managed to watch it on youtube (where the link sent me), Very nice. The dolphin gull’s bright orange feet and bill remind me of the oyster catcher who has a similar colour. I’ve never seen these gulls but that’s probably because of where they live. Nice post, Cindy.
Yes, they are somewhat similar and I will be posting oyster catchers from the same region soon. 🐦
Only the colour of the feet and bills – not the whole bird. I look forward to your oyster catcher post.
Thanks. It will be coming soon along with many other species!
Red beak and red feet! Impressive bird of Chile! Super sharp focus! Thank you, Cindy!
Thank you for such kind appreciation & cheers to you Peter~
Beautiful photography as always. I especially appreciate how you’ve captured the dolphin gull and his shadow!
Thank you so much for noticing and taking the time to post such a thoughtful comment!
Great pix, Cindy, as always.
I love the fire engine red.
I do too! He’s rocking red shoes, stockings, lipstick and eyeliner! Tres chic 🐦
What pretty birds! Looks like they’re wearing lipstick in the same shade as their shoes!
Exactly. I think I want to try this……..🐦
I love those pretty, red feet!
So do I! It makes me want to get my red dress out of the closet! 🐦
I love your ability to capture every moment. I’m reblogging to my new site fortheartofit.blog
Have a great day. M
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A beautiful post with photos from Cindy Knoke. Thank you Cindy for brightening our day
Thank you for your oh so important blog and for your courage in creating it. Hugs to you <3
🙂 Your on my list to interview about photography and travel. I’ll let you nix any questions you want. I don’t do lengthy unless necessary. Would you like to pick your favorite place and photo’s or would you like me to pick the travel and photos. Mine would be a Castle. Your so talented, looks like you’ve had plenty of practice. We could skip the interview style and you talk about the trip, highlights and why you picked the photos you did. I’m open, just want to capture more time with you.
I would love the interview with you picking the post. I would be interested in your questions. It is so nice of you. <3 <3
I know it’s a recent Castle, let me look, I made need you help. Then I’ll ask a few questions.
Not apart of the interview, you’ve made a life of traveling, such a beautiful way to expand the mind. I’m living traveling thru you. Talk soon. 🙂 M
I love traveling with you too, and no hurries or worries. Take your time.
Beautiful photos Cindy!
Very happy you enjoyed and cheers to you Gary!
So adorable! Thank you for introducing this lovely bird. 🙂 💖
Thank you for appreciating him Amy & cheers to you 🐦
I have seen them myself. Once while on a trip to Acadia NP, one came and sat down on the top a car while i was parked next to it and i was able to click it from very close.
WOW! Awesome. They are not supposed to be in coastal Maine, but birds tend not to listen to scientist’s bird distribution data. Once a bald eagle got blown by a storm to the UK and they flew him back commercial, and I saw a booby in Channel Islands NP in California. It must be cool to be a bird. If you don’t like who you’re hanging with, you can just catch a wind draft to who knows where!
I agree 😊
What a stunning bird! Love his beak ❤️
Isn’t he gorgeous. Seemed relatively sweet tempered too, for a gull! 🐦
I think you just have a way with the animals…they sense your good vibes 🙂
Awwww……sometimes I think I confuse them since I always have this camera plastered to my face!
Either that or they’re thinking, oh boy, here comes another one LOL You photos are always so beautiful I’m in awe!!
Beautiful bird. So colorful and regal looking. Thank you.
Hugs to you my friend and have a wonderful week <3
Pretty birds, Cindy, and great photos. I love that vibrant orange on their beaks and legs. 🙂
He is one stylin’ birdie! 🐦
This Dolphin Gulls is really wonderful. Your photos are magnificent, Sue: Thanks!
Thank you Isabel. I am so pleased you enjoyed him & cheers to you~
Beautiful elegance 🙂
Mother Nature <3 🐦🐦!
They look prettier than other gulls. Super pictures Cindy!
Yes. I think so too. They are petite and just lovely. Thank you my friend & happy Monday! 🐦
What a beautiful gull! Thank you for the photos!
Thank you more for appreciating the 🕊️🕊️🕊️!
Lovely post, Cindy! I’ve never heard of these gulls! They are beautiful. I love your photography, especially the shot of it with its face in the water! I love it! 🙂
Awww, makes me smile and feel happy I posted. Thank you <3
You’re welcome Cindy. ❤
What a finding! A super cute seagulls <3 Great images too, Cindy!
The 🕊️🕊️🕊️ and I thank you Indah & send you cheers!
Wow! What interesting looking gulls. Very classy with their bright red accents. 😀
I think so too. They are very stylish 🕊️🕊️!
Wow, what an attention-getter! Love those flashy colors!
This bird is dressed for excess and I love it too! 🕊️
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Ahhh, thank you Sharon, for all the good that you do. 🕊️🕊️
Wonderful pictures of this cute bird. I like the bright red beak and feet.
Thanks my friend. He is quite the fashion forward 🕊️!
You do get to see so many wonderful places. These wonderful birds are beautiful. You capture them so well. As always, I thank you for sharing them with those of us who cannot travel and live through you vicariously. 🙂
I live through everyone else vicariously too, so it is a reciprocal favor. Thank you! <3
the first picture, had me wanting to be there, to experience the water’s edge and the boats.. so inviting.. thank you… sending happy hugs your way
Sweet friend. Hugs & cheers to you! 🕊️
Great photos Cindy. What a gorgeous bird.
The 🕊️🕊️ think you have excellent taste my friend!
What an amazing orange color, Cindy! Beyond that, it looks just like a gull is supposed to, and, according to you, behaves like one as well. 🙂 –Curt
They were the model of decorum all the time I watched them. Of course, I can’t say how they behaved when I left……..
I was up on the north coast of Oregon a couple of months ago and a child offered a bite of her sandwich. I swear the gull population went for 1-50 in seconds, Cindy. 🙂 –Curt
Yes, they are good survivors! I remember when I was little boys threw rocks on a large flock of resting gulls, they took off and bombed the boys amazingly, whilst I remained unscathed. I knew how smart they were since that day!
That would have been humorous to see! It must have made you laugh out loud, or at least giggle. 🙂
I love the seagulls to this day for that!!! 😉
Is this where you are now? Love those gulls..
We have been home more than a month now. There photos were taken in the month of December.
Oh nice.. Can I ask where is home for you? Do you travel most of the time for photography as your business?
So pretty, and cute playing in the water, like they’re skinny dipping. 🙂
With their stockings, lipstick and eyeliner on. Naughty 🕊️🕊️!
… And what a perfect red combinaison Nature offerend them… 😉
Mother Nature likes to rock the color spectrum!
Love the pictures of this beautiful birdie, especially with the reflections in the water <3 Pawkisses for a Happy Day 🙂 <3
Visa versa 2UX2 & cheers 2! 🐦
Seagulls are very “clean” looking birds but their eyes seem to have a rather manic look to me!
Yes, I see survival intensity which maybe has to somewhat manic in terms of alertness~
Nature has a beautiful vibrant pallet, and she has combined the colours on this gull with a real wow factor
I love our Mother Nature! 🐦
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Outstand photos of Dolphin Gulls by Cindy Knoke.
I am lucky to have a thoughtful friend like you Patrica. Be well my friend 🐦
Lovely shots, Cindy. I’ve never heard of that kind of gull. They’re stylin’ with that pop of color too. 😀 Makes me want a pair of red boots. Hugs on the wing!
Me too! I went looking in my closet for some read accents and found them! Great minds think alike…… 😉
I love their red beak and feet. Cheers to you and the dolphin gulls Cindy!
Awww, thanks Brad & be well my friend! 🐦
As beautiful as ever
Thank you kindly & cheers to you!
Such a strikingly beautiful bird Cindy. I love all the “poses”! You saved the best till last again!
Thank you! I do try to save the best for last in gratitude for the people, like you, who take the time to look at all the photos!
Aww…this happy gull looked so tweet with matching red beakstick and feet!
He is a fashion forward dandy! ♬♪♫ヽ(･ˇ∀ˇ･ゞ)♬♪♫
What a pleasant treat to see the dolphin gull, Cindy. They are so distinctive and beautiful, with a shade of red/orange that we don’t see a lot in nature. Thank you, and cheers to you in the southern latitudes.
Cheers back to you sweet friend. I am home now, so it is cheers to you from the northern latitudes, very close to you <3
I love all those red highlights, Cindy. Beautiful photos, thank you for sharing.
Thank you so much more for taking the time to look, and say this & cheers to you!
Beautiful captures. 🙂
You are a nice friend. Thank you.
The birds created that <3
was für tolle Bilder, ich wünsche uns ein warmes Wochenende, Klaus
Danke, lieber Klaus, und dir, mein Freund!
Your photos are so sharp and vibrant Cindy! Thank you for sharing the beauty you experience through your lens. Have a wonderful day!
Your thoughtful comment made my morning! Cheers to you & thank you too~
They are such cute creatures…brilliant creations of Mother Nature… 🙂
Mother Nature does thing right! <3
That second picture is beautiful.
Thank you & cheers to you!
These are beautiful photos! I love how bright their beaks and feet are. They’re stunning birds.
Thank you! They are quite handsome aren’t they and quite well behaved for gulls!
Such a vibrant red. Great photos, Cindy.
Muchas gracias Jane and I am happy you enjoyed them!
Never heard of these – thanks for the colourful introduction, Cindy!
You are most welcome and cheers to you!
Ahhh, so kind & so appreciated!
Isn’t that the most remarkable shade of red? On a bird, too! thanks for sharing. Great photos. I think I like the second one best, but they’re all lovely.
Thank you Cynthia! And yes, he looks like Santy Claus’s birdie with his bright white and red outfit! 🐦
Isn’t it strange how different species a world apart can be so similar, but with amusing differences. I’m so used to seeing our Herring gulls with their bright yellow beaks and feet – your chap with the red looks like he’s borrowed someone’s lipstick!
My thoughts exactly! Plus he borrowed red eyeliner, red stockings and red shoes. Quite the fashion forward fellow! 🐦
herzliche Grüße, KLaus
Vielen dank mein lieber Freund Klaus <3
Wonderful photos of beautiful birds.
So kind of you & so appreciated too!
A new bird for me! I love the red accessories…
Yes this bird belongs on the cover of Vogue!
Absolutely – the right stance, confident attitude. 👢
I should take notes…….
Lovely shot of a gull, excellent photo.
Thank you & very kind of you!
They don’t miss a thing 🐦
Beautiful shots! I love the bright red feet. But you know what? I like the boats, too. That’s good composition.
Ahhh, so nice you noticed, and took the time to tell me <3
These are beautiful Cindy. I love their orange feet 🧡🧡
They are gorgeous aren’t they & wonderful to hear from you my friend <3
I saw you on Fb and here. Good to see you 💛🧡♥️
Beautiful shots! It’s wonderful how similar, and yet different, the birds are in different corners of the world.
Yes, I know, I this aspect of travel too <3
He sort of looks like he had an encounter with some nail varnish!
He got all his buddies to do it too! They are fashionable at the end of the world <3
What beautiful birds and captures, Cindy! It looks like you had a marvelous trip.
Thanks Patty. It was especially awesome to share it with the kids <3
Your Photos are breathtaking. I love his matching beak and feet
Second and last picture–fantastic…
Thanks so much & cheers to you!
Gulls have always been one of my favourite birds for some reason. They are noisy, nosey and nosh on anything they can get their little beaks on! But this all gives them their personality. I love heading down to the water and watching them in their glory. We even have some that battle the crows in our park across the street for any crumb they can find.
I love the orange beak against the white and dark of these beauties. Thanks again for sharing your gorgeous photos!
I grew up with them and love them too. So many people hate them. I think some people get jealous of highly intelligent and successful wild animals. I have two short gull stories for you, both have witnesses if you don’t believe them!
When my son was three we went to the beach for an Easter picnic. He was given a wind up furry, easter duckling. A seagull flew down and snatched it from the sand and flew away.
Matt said, “Don’t worry. He will bring it back.”
We tried to tell him that this wouldn’t happen, to no avail. Hours later as we were packing up to leave, the seagull swooped down, and dropped the duckling on the sand. It’s motorized inside had been pecked away, but the fuzzy duck was still intact.”
Matt ran and picked it up and said, “See! I told you he’d bring it back.”
2nd story. A fancy hotel where I grew has outdoor tables near the beach. Seagulls routinely swoop down and steal silver napkin rings from the tables. They have lost scores of them and hire a falconist to regularly visit to scare the gulls away. This hotel has a bell tower which no one goes to. It was recently renovated. During the repairs, workmen entered the belltower and found decades worth of silver napkin rings in a pile.
I have more stories about gulls. They seek revenge on mean humans, and are nice to nice ones.These are very smart animals.
I have one for you as well. You know the old adage about having a seagull poop on you is good luck? Well, I had one drop a dead fish on my head – honest! And he politely waited until I gained my composure before it swiftly came in and picked it up again. I could have sworn I saw “sorry” in those eyes! lol!
Oh, perfect. Maybe it was a gift, like an socially awkward person might give. They try, but they don’t speak human, God love ’em for this, and you too <3
Beautifully captured!! How do you manage to do it!!
The legs of gull are so beautiful!!
Thanks for sharing! I liked how you did the observation of bird drinking water with its head turned upside down!!
Your observant and thoughtful comments are very much appreciated Sifar. Be well my friend~
I’ve never heard of dolphin gulls. Gulls are interesting and fun to watch, no matter what kind.
I agree with you wholeheartedly and any friend of gulls is a friend of mine <3
Such a perfection!
Awww, thank you and there are indeed perfectly beautiful creatures!
Such vivid red beaks and feet Cindy!! You find what’s unique and beautiful wherever you go. xo
Thank you Rhonda! I like to remind us that we live in such a beautiful world 💚
amazing photos Cindy! what a great post, thoroughly enjoyed it! I’ve been your blog for a while now but this one is definitely my favourite post of yours! i think you’d enjoy mine too! maybe check it out 😊 let me know what you think!! https://tailoredbymtaylor.wordpress.com/2018/03/18/s-happens/
I will and lovely to meet you!
Yes indeed! <3
Cindy, your photos are incredible. Your love of nature oozes through your pictures and comments.
It takes a fellow nature lover to see and feel this, so thank you too!
Is there an email address on your blog? I’d love to comment at length on your thoughts about the airport experience! Thank you for sharing the story.
I will email you so my address won’t be public. I am interested in your thoughts.
Received. Thank you. Will be in touch. xx
Incredible and beautiful, great pics and a lovely article.
You are very kind and much appreciated Francisco.
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