|Pacific Gull Larus pacificus
January / February 2006
The Pacific Gull is endemic to south and south-west Australia where it is rarely found far from the coast. It feeds on fish, shellfish, crabs, carrion, birds and bird eggs.
|It has a massive bill - the largest of any gull - which is yellow with a red tip to both upper and lower mandibles. Legs are yellow and the eyes are white. In flight there are no "windows" on the primaries and the wings have a white trailing edge. The tail is white with a narrow black sub-terminal band.
The juvenile, seen here in photo 6, has a dark eye and a pinkish bill with dark tip. The forehead, lores and china are white while the legs are brownish.
|There are two sub-species. Photos 4 and 5 show the sub-species L. p. georgii found from Western Australia to South Australia. It varies very little from the nominate sub-species seen in the other photos.|