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The Herring Gull, Larus argentatus, is a large gull (up to 26 inches or 66 cm long) and is the most abundant and best known of all gulls along the shores of western Europe. Herring Gulls are also abundant around inland garbage dumps, and some have even adapted to life in inland cities. Herring Gull flocks have a loose pecking order, based on size, aggressiveness and physical strength. Communication between these birds is complex and highly-developed - employing both calls and body language. Unlike many flocking birds, Herring Gulls do not engage in social grooming and keep physical contact between individuals to a minimum. Outside of the male/female and parent/chick relationship, each Herring Gull attempts to maintain a respectful 'safe distance' from others of its kind. Any breach of this results in fighting, though severe injuries are seldom inflicted.

 

Photo taken from the ferry to the island of Texel. Many gulls fly along with the boat. So quite easy to shoot such gulls ;-)

 

De Zilvermeeuw is aan de kusten van België en Nederland, soms ook verder landinwaarts, een bekende verschijning. Hij is plaatselijk een algemene broedvogel van het duingebied. De vogel komt voor langs de meeste kusten van Europa.

Zilvermeeuwen eten van alles: in hun natuurlijke kustomgeving vooral mosselen, kokkels, krabbetjes en wormen; in de stad allerlei afval. Ze vissen zelf niet of nauwelijks, maar lusten wel degelijk vis en visafval.

 

 

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