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New Zealand: the gull below and the gull above

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Here are two portraits of gulls from Cathedral Cove on March 7, 2017. The first gull was down at the level of the cove drinking from a shallow pool formed by water falling from the top of the cliff high above (the second picture in yesterday’s post gives you a sense of how high up that was). The bird was near the edge of the pool, away from the heaviest falling of water. Notice the ripples spreading from a drop’s point of impact, along with a few droplets that had splashed up.

I took the second picture after we’d made the arduous hike back up to the carpark, where I couldn’t help noticing that several gulls were walking or standing on the roofs of cars parked there (no, not ours). This gull was on top of a white car, whose roof largely blended with the clouds when I hunched down a bit and aimed slightly upward to avoid details in the background.

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March 9, 2018 at 4:50 AM

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New Zealand: Matapouri

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I took so many pictures on our 2017 trip to New Zealand that I never got the chance to show a lot of them here, especially because we bounded off on a couple of other big scenic trips last year. Over the next four weeks I’ll make amends and fill in some of the gaps with more than two dozen posts. While most of the photographs will show things for the first time, in a few cases you’ll see a different take on a place or thing that appeared here last year.

On the way from the Auckland Airport to Paihia a year ago today (going by the calendar and ignoring the time difference between Texas and New Zealand), we detoured over to Matapouri on the east coast of the North Island so we could get our first good look at the ocean on this new adventure.

At one point I noticed a young gull hunched down on the sand. As I slowly approached, the bird flopped around a little but didn’t fly away. It was injured, as you can see here. Fortunately for it, I wasn’t a dog, cat, ferret, weasel, or stoat. Ah, the benignity of the nature photographer.

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February 7, 2018 at 4:49 AM

New Zealand: Red-billed gull

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In the last year and a half we’ve taken five trips averaging a little over three weeks each. It became common for me not to have finished showing pictures from the most recent trip before we launched into the next one, whose photographs then clamored in their turn to be shown as soon as possible. The result is that some worthy pictures never appeared in these pages. From time to time I’ll spring one or several on you.

Today’s first photograph, taken on February 13th, shows a somewhat put-out juvenile red-billed gull (Larus novaehollandiae) in the village of Mangonui, on New Zealand’s North Island. Below is a sub-adult of the same species. Colin Miskelly of the Te Papa Museum, who identified these birds for me, pointed out that “It is common for gulls and other shorebirds to stand on one leg, mainly to conserve body temperature.”

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November 20, 2017 at 4:34 AM

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New Zealand: southern black-backed gull

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Driving S.H. 25 north from Thames on March 6th, I stopped to photograph a gull standing atop a mound of rock at the edge of the Firth of Thames. I think the bird was a southern black-backed gull.

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April 18, 2017 at 5:02 AM

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