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Sentinel
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Copyright: Marion Morgan (jester5) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 22] (24)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-22
Categories: Nature
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-16 4:31
Viewed: 1166
Points: 2
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This was taken at Looe in Cornwall.
Gulls are probably the animal people associate most with the beach, but many people know little about seagulls. These birds are extremely maneuverable able to hover in the slightest of winds and dive with amazing speed. There are over 50 species of seagulls ranging in size from about 30 cm to 75 cm with wingspans over 1.7 meters. Gulls are aggressive and will display such aggression when they are threatened. They scavenge for their food of crabs and fish and will steal food from their own species or others whenever possible. Gulls nest on the ground making habitat loss a major threat to their existence. Beach sand mining and development are among the worst threats to gull habitat. Although most gulls species are found in abundance, some species such as Olrog’s Gull and Saunders’ Gull are threatened with habitat loss as the single greatest threat. Other species are well adapted to life away from the coast with a few species prospering in garbage dumps. The abundance of these species camouflages the low numbers of other species perpetuating the myth that gulls will never run out of habitat. This is wrong. Beaches need to be protected to ensure the future of all gull species.

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To jackal: sentineljester5 1 12-19 13:10
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Hi Marion,
from the thumbnail, I thought this was a spoof photo with a giant gull. Even the small white line under his bill makes him look slightly superimposed - anyway great low PoV
cheers
Jack

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