Dolphin Gulls~


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~

224 thoughts on “Dolphin Gulls~

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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 ❤

  4. 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!!

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