Black-headed Gulls

Gulls are members of a large, widespread family of seabirds. Often known as seagulls (though no species is actually called a seagull, and many are found far from the sea), they sometimes get a bad reputation for stealing chips. But gulls are intelligent, adaptable and often beautiful birds.ย  [source: The Wildlife Trusts] It is also quite difficult to identify them correctly, especially as their plumage varies in winter and summer and whether they are breeding or young juveniles!

These, I think, are black-headed gulls in their winter plumage. They are attractive little birds, their head is mostly white, with dark smudges on the ears and above the eyes. The bill also develops a dark tip.

They also rarely stand still for a photograph as they are constantly looking for food. I must start taking my larger zoom lens with me, though that might mean a tripod too as it is heavier than my usual lenses. But then I might get better images!


  1. bushboy says:

    Images are fine Jude ๐Ÿ™‚ a closer photo would be good. Silver Gulls are the best at food snatching. So many youtube videos

  2. Sandra says:

    These images look pretty good to me!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Sandra!

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  3. Stealing chips and attacking bald heads! As a certain person close to me knows to his cost โ€ฆ

    1. Heyjude says:

      But not these ones! It’s usually the larger herring gulls who steal food

  4. It looks like the first gull pictured is beginning to get it’s spring/plumage. It might be wishful thinking though!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Wishful thinking indeed! Bucketing it down today thanks to Brendan!

  5. Colline says:

    I like the ones you did manage to capture.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Colline, they are sweet little gulls.

  6. Jane Lurie says:

    Beautiful birds, Jude. Love your opening image.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ah, thanks Jane, yes that one was kind enough to be still!

  7. beetleypete says:

    Last week, we had seagulls in the back garden for the first time. I had put bread out, and two swooped down and grabbed all they could. I was used to seeing them all the time in Central London, but I rarely see them here, except at the coast of course. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Best wishes, Pete. x

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Lovely images. I have always loved gulls despite their bad reputation among some people. My little sister always called them seagles, like eagles.

    1. Heyjude says:

      That’s sweet ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. David M says:

    People calling them seagulls is one of my pet peeves. They call them seagulls here in Ontario and we’re hundreds of miles from the nearest salt water.

  10. I was wondering if they are like Australian gulls, constantly stealing chips, but I see you answered the question further up.

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