Monday, May 05, 2008

Photo Friday - my little secret

A male herring gull Larus argentatus guards his little secret...

His partner [top of head just visible if you look closely] is nesting inside a chimney.

Up pops the female's head and the male squawks to warn off a rival who has come too close to his nest.

Luckily, the chimneys around here aren't in use

Edited to add-
It turns out that these gulls are actually yellow legged gulls Larus michahellis - a Mediterranean sub-species of the herring gull that is now considered to be a full species of its own -also known as the yellow-legged gull or Goéland leucophée in french


dourvac'h said...

I like your M. & Mrs "Larus argentus"... they are so serious and I like too your funny title "Alison Wonderland"... marvellous...

My two imaginative Spaces are : (my tales, photographs ans personnal draws... ) (Alice, Cinderella, Prince of Lu, Nils Holgersson...)

See you later, dear Miss Alison !

Alison Ashwell said...

Hi dourvac'h , I enjoyed visiting your sites.

I've just posted pictures and a video of the gull baby.

Magpie Magic said...

Great pictures. It's lovely how they tell a story.