Sunday, March 29, 2009

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Ring-billed Gull

Looking pretty innocuous and innocent here, these are the thieving gulls who love to live amongst us in Southern Ontario. Few other birds have adapted to city life as well as these pesky gulls. They are very tolerant of humans, though show their displeasure of our vehicles every chance they get.

They love the litter we produce, eating just about anything and can be seen swarming any park, beach, golf course, parking lot or patio for our generous handouts.

Distinguishing features are their yellow legs, yellow eyes and a dark ring around a yellow beak.
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26 comments:

prkl said...

Very nice yellows you've found. But those gulls can be a real menace. Saw once one took food from kids hands in the marketplace. Big cry due it. But great pic, never the less. Happy MYM!

Violet said...

prkl: they aren't exactly beloved! glad you visited.

Kathy said...

I also envy people who can get such neat shots. My little camera doesn't have a great zoom on it. Wonderul shots Violet. =)

Violet said...

Kathy: Thank you. I do love my zoom! It's not much, but helps.

Sherry said...

They do look innocent.. :)
This is a beautiful photo, great detail in the enlarged version. Very nice.

Violet said...

Sherry: if you didn't know better ... well, you'd find out soon enough!

Bryan said...

Yes, they do seem to use cars for target practice.

Pete said...

lovely composition

LadyBanana said...

Beautiful shots!

The Gossamer Woman said...

They're awfully pesky birds, aren't they. We even get them up here on the river. They aren't scared of anybody and love any kind of food.

Good mellow yellow, though.

earthtoholly said...

Wow...nice shot of your gulls. Very cooperative!

Sherrie said...

Hi!
They are beautiful! But kind of pesky! Have a great day!!

Sherrie

Dianne said...

"thieving" - made me laugh

a gull once took a hotdog right out of my son's hand
I think he's still traumatized

Violet said...

Bryan: they have lots to choose from!

Pete: thanks, they were co-operative.

ladyBanana: thank you for cvisiting and saying so.

Violet said...

Gossamer: I probably would have ignored them if it weren't for their yellow!

EarthtoHolly: totally unconcerned about humans.

Sherrie: this is your chance to look at them in a non-pesky light!

Dianne: I've seen them do that - also geese are pretty brazen that way with junk food.

storyteller said...

Yup Gulls can be fearless thieves! Nice photo ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Violet said...

Storyteller: if it's pretty I'll take its picture. I don't judge!

Naturegirl said...

Wonderful photography here! If they did not clean up the garbage along our shores who would!
I am enjoying the scenery of back home while I'm presently snowbirding in sunny Arizona..great shot today!

Violet said...

Naturegirl: Thank you for visiting. You will be coming home soon, I guess?

Yes, these guys are useful.

Jientje said...

You captured them well!

Violet said...

Jientje: you'd almost think they were waiting for their close-up!

deandean said...

this site IS gorgeous!!! I'm glad i found sightlines :)

I would love to draw this Ring-billed Gull...

Gwen Buchanan said...

These guys really liked you to let you get so close.. great shot..

Hey cute little ring around the beak.. is that anything like "ring around the tub"?

jenX67 said...

i forgot to do my mellow yellow monday!! =( Thanks for visiting my blog. You were the first to mention how cheap that fiestaware was - The green cup and saucer - selling on ebay for about $20 or $30? I paid 79 cents each. =) You can come shopping w/ me anytime. Canada to Oklahoma - 4,000 miles??

Violet said...

DeanDean: I'm glad you stopped by, too. And it'd be great to see your drawing of them.

Gwen: my ring-around-the-tub isn't as permanent!

Violet said...

Jen: I wondered where yours was... these weekly things creep up, don't they?

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