CHICK OF BLACK-BACKED GULL

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“On the afternoon of 8th January 2013, a solitary adult Black-backed Gull (Larus dominicanus, Maori name: Karoro) was perched atop an isolated rocky outcrop along the coast of Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand. It had adopted a resting posture – standing on one foot, with beak tucked under its wing. Upon closer inspection, I realised that there was also a grey, fluffy chick carefully exploring its surroundings (above).

“Moments later, its other parent glided back home and almost immediately regurgitated a gizzard-full of slimy food items, which were swiftly snapped up by the hungry chick (above). Soon after, one of the parents took flight in search of more food for their single offspring.”

Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
Singapore
17th February 2013

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