Pacific Gull

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Subject: Pacific Gull
From: "Arwen B. Ximenes" <>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2008 17:32:01 +1000
Hi all,

Jeff - On a recent trip to WA we saw two pacific gulls - one at Cape Leeuwin 
and one at the port in Fremantle. So as a result I must say I assumed they were 
common in that area - perhaps we were just lucky. We even managed a good close 
up shot of the gull in Fremantle, whatever you'd like to call it, if you'd like 
a copy.
Tim - I also pondered the naming of this massive creature - each one we saw in 
WA was flying over a different ocean, neither of which was the Pacific! I 
wasn't aware of the history tucked away inside the name so thanks for bringing 
that to light here. I hope no-one decides to rename it - renaming birds is a 
very annoying habit for a half-serious birder like me, but I guess it keeps 
Taxonomists in business. I'm surprised no-one suggested Latham's Gull (to my 
knowledge) - but then that would tell us even less about the bird, wouldn't it 
- at least Pacific Gull gives you an idea of one of its haunts. Why are birds 
named after people? Apart from the obvious wish to make an acknowledgement, it 
makes little sense otherwise. Taking the aboriginal name would be a good idea - 
but which one?

......................................... Arwen Blackwood Ximenes
Lawson, Blue Mountains, 
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