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Location: Sandy Hook, NJ
GPS: 40.4N, -74.0W, elev=10' MAP
Date: May 4, 2014
ID : B13K6239 [4896 x 3264]

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Great Black-backed Gull Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Sandy Hook, NJ
GPS: 40.4N, -74.0W, elev=10' MAP
Date: May 4, 2014
ID : B13K6222 [4896 x 3264]

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Great Black-backed Gull Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Clonea Strand, Ireland
GPS: 52.1N, -7.5W, elev=6' MAP
Date: January 5, 2012
ID : B13K2558 [4896 x 3264]

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Great Black-backed Gull Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Provincetown (Cape Cod), MA
GPS: 42.1N, -70.2W, elev=27' MAP
Date: September 22, 2010
ID : 7C2V3022 [3888 x 2592]

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Great Black-backed Gull Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberlands, United Kingdom
GPS: 55.2N, -1.5W, elev=7' MAP
Date: December 30, 2011
ID : B13K2081 [4896 x 3264]

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Great Black-backed Gull Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Provincetown (Cape Cod), MA
GPS: 42.1N, -70.2W, elev=27' MAP
Date: September 22, 2010
ID : 7C2V2971 [3888 x 2592]

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Great Black-backed Gull Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Provincetown (Cape Cod), MA
GPS: 42.1N, -70.2W, elev=27' MAP
Date: September 22, 2010
ID : 7C2V3039 [3888 x 2592]

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Great Black-backed Gull (1st cycle)
 
 
Location: Provincetown (Cape Cod), MA
GPS: 42.1N, -70.2W, elev=27' MAP
Date: September 22, 2010
ID : 7C2V3021 [3888 x 2592]

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Great Black-backed Gull (3rd cycle)
 
 
Location: Provincetown (Cape Cod), MA
GPS: 42.1N, -70.2W, elev=27' MAP
Date: September 22, 2010
ID : 7C2V3043 [3888 x 2592]

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Great Black-backed Gull (2nd cycle)
 
 
Location: Provincetown (Cape Cod), MA
GPS: 42.1N, -70.2W, elev=27' MAP
Date: September 22, 2010
ID : 7C2V3046 [3888 x 2592]

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Great Black-backed Gull (1st cycle)
 
 
Location: Provincetown (Cape Cod), MA
GPS: 42.1N, -70.2W, elev=27' MAP
Date: September 22, 2010
ID : 7C2V3055 [3888 x 2592]

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Great Black-backed Gull (2nd cycle)
 
 
Location: Provincetown (Cape Cod), MA
GPS: 42.1N, -70.2W, elev=27' MAP
Date: September 22, 2010
ID : 7C2V3062 [3888 x 2592]

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Great Black-backed Gull Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Cleveland (E 72nd St), OH
GPS: 41.5N, -81.6W, elev=580' MAP
Date: January 11, 2009
ID : 7C2V3342 [3888 x 2592]

Great Black-backed Gull Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Crystal Rock, OH
GPS: 41.4N, -82.8W, elev=573' MAP
Date: December 20, 2009
ID : 7C2V5249 [3888 x 2592]

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Great Black-backed Gull Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Conneaut, OH
GPS: 42.0N, -80.6W, elev=578' MAP
Date: May 9, 2008
ID : 0911 [3888 x 2592]

Great Black-backed Gull Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Conneaut, OH
GPS: 42.0N, -80.6W, elev=578' MAP
Date: May 9, 2008
ID : 0896 [3888 x 2592]

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Great Black-backed Gull Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Conneaut, OH
GPS: 42.0N, -80.6W, elev=578' MAP
Date: May 9, 2008
ID : 0892 [3888 x 2592]

Great Black-backed Gull Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Jekyll Island, GA
GPS: 31.1N, -81.4W, elev=7' MAP
Date: February 10, 2008
ID : 3738 [3888 x 2592]

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SPECIES INFO

The Great Black-backed Gull, Larus marinus, is a very large gull which breeds on the European and North American coasts and islands of the North Atlantic. It is fairly sedentary, but some Great Black-backed Gulls move further south or inland to large lakes or reservoirs.

This is the largest gull, much bigger than a Herring Gull and is often described as the King of Gulls.[citation needed] It is 61-74 cm long with a 1.4-1.7 m wingspan, the large adult males often weighing in at more than two kilogrammes. It is bulky, and has a powerful bill. The adults have black wings and back, with conspicuous white "mirrors" at the wing tips. The legs are pinkish, and the bill yellow with a red spot.

Young birds have scaly black-brown upperparts, and a neat wing pattern. They take at least four years to reach maturity, development in this species being somewhat slower than that of other large gulls. The call is a deep "laughing" cry.

Unlike most Larus gulls, Great Black-backed Gulls are mostly carnivorous and frequently hunt and kill any prey smaller than themselves, behaving more like a raptor than a typical larid gull, though they will also scavenge. They frequently rob other seabirds of their catch. They can swallow a puffin or a small wild duck whole.

This species breeds singly or in small colonies, making a lined nest on the ground often on top of a rocky stack. 3-5 eggs are laid.



                                     




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