Red-billed Gull (Chroicocephalus scopulinus)


Red-billed Gull (Chroicocephalus scopulinus)

Ruby Tuesday
Red-billed Gull (Chroicocephalus scopulinus)
Location:  Otago Peninsula, South Island, New Zealand

The weekly Ruby Tuesday photo meme features photos of red things.   But last week the meme's founder and host, Mary, suggested that this week the participants all post photos that have just a little red in them.

My choice for this week's "little bit of red" Ruby Tuesday is this Red-billed Gull (Chroicocephalus scopulinus).   Although its common name is the Red-billed Gull, please note that he has red feet, too!

The Red-billed Gull is native to New Zealand, where it is called 'Tarapunga' in the Māori language.   I photographed this one last December while I was traveling in New Zealand.  The photo was taken at Macandrew Bay, on the Otago Peninsula, which is located outside Dunedin on New Zealand's South Island.  The gull had stationed itself on a picnic table, apparently hoping for a handout.

33 comments:

Yen said...

WOW! Interesting bird! Gotta love the red legs:) Posted mine HERE. Happy RT!~

dot said...

I love the red bill. Beautiful bird!

Paz said...

I love your RT shot! Nice looking bird.

Paz

Carletta said...

Red bill and legs - that's awesome!They sure offset his beautiful white feathers.

ilanadavita said...

Good choice for RT. Great red legs.

Raven said...

Beautiful photo! Your bird photos are all so wonderful. I loved the finches down below too.

Gattina said...

A seagull with red legs ? I have never seen such. I love seagulls although they are sometimes quite annoying !

napaboaniya said...

Beautiful one!!! Definitely posing for a shot from you :)
Happy Ruby Tuesday!

Felisol said...

Dear Bobbie,
This is what I like about Ruby Tuesdays.
Always learning something new, from people with a creative eye and lens.
Your red seagull from New Zealand is unique.
I have had a weak spot for gulls since reading about Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
Living by the shore, we see a lot of them.
From Felisol

Columbo said...

Great shot, with a little bit of red. Have a great Ruby Tuesday.

magiceye said...

superb capture!

Ivon said...

Nice shot from your travels. Thanks for being informative on the picture. Excellent!

Robin said...

What a striking bird! Great choice for today's RT.

Becky and Gary said...

I've seen lots of Gulls, but never one with a red bill and feet. Wonderful selection.
Happy RT.

Leora said...

Thanks for introducing us to the this red-legged gull. He looks like he is in a nice setting, too. Great photo!

Babs (Beetle) said...

That photo made me smile, and I don't know why :O) Lovely shot.

ChrisC and JonJ said...

What a pretty bird!!Nice shot!

ellen b said...

What a lovely photo and a great splash of red. Fabulous!!

Norm said...

nice capture!!!elegant bird with red bill and legs..

Linda said...

Fabulous photo! Gota love those red legs!!

JunieRose2005 said...

Love the touches of red in this gull!

You get such good pictures !! I'm jealous! :)

Junie

Mojo said...

Odd looking bird... but a great catch as always.

No idea if the mushroom is edible or not. My guess is that it's not... I didn't try it in any case.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Cool bird. It has just enough red in it to make it pop. :-)

Desert Songbird said...

Lovely, lovely capture.

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Denise BC said...

Hi,
Great choice, congratulations on post. I thank you for sharing.
hugs, Denise

Susan said...

Beautiful bird, great shot ! Thanks for stopping by !

Tink *~*~* said...

The red bill against the white head is indeed striking. Thanks for giving some background on the animal.

Tink *~*~*
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Dianne said...

I love him. Great shot

ettey said...

fab RT entry! ^_~.

me ann my camera said...

What a very striking looking bird this is! I love it red bill and its beautiful eyes too.
ann

Star8278 said...

What a great capture! Amazing colors on that beak! Definitely a superb Ruby Tuesday entry. Thanks for stopping by mine.

Denise said...

Wonderful, love all your photos here on this page and I have enjoyed my visit.

BNS said...

Thanks, everybody. I can see from all these comments that I was not the only one who was struck by this gull's red bill -- and those amazing red legs! ;-}

Bobbie