Very young seagull

Subject: Very young seagull
From: Stephanie Haygarth <>
Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2008 18:45:49 +1100
Today off the National Museum I saw a very young silver gull in the lake. Initially it was at a distance of about fifty metres and looked like a tiny duckling. However adult gulls were giving alarm calls and diving at a nearby adult black duck and alternately alighting on the water near the young one. When the baby finally made it to shore where I was standing it was obvious that it was a very young gull - still downy and a long way off flight. It was battling just to keep paddling. Interesting to know where seagulls might be breeding around here.

Matthew Higgins

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