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Heermann's Gull Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: January 7, 2008
ID : 1947 [3888 x 2592]

Heermann's Gull Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: July 27, 2009
ID : 7C2V0244 [3888 x 2592]

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Heermann's Gull Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: December 15, 2012
ID : B13K1349 [4896 x 3264]

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Heermann's Gull Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Long Beach (Alamitos Bay), CA
GPS: 33.8N, -118.1W, elev=6' MAP
Date: November 8, 2010
ID : 7C2V4309 [3888 x 2592]

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Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: November 9, 2010

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Heermann's Gull Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Orange County (pelagic waters), CA
GPS: 33.5N, -118.1W, depth=-762' MAP
Date: February 28, 2016
ID : B13K0916 [4896 x 3264]

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Heermann's Gull Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Orange County (pelagic waters), CA
GPS: 33.5N, -118.1W, depth=-762' MAP
Date: February 28, 2016
ID : B13K0995 [4896 x 3264]

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Heermann's Gull Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Orange County (pelagic waters), CA
GPS: 33.5N, -118.1W, depth=-762' MAP
Date: February 28, 2016
ID : B13K1004 [4896 x 3264]

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Heermann's Gull (juvenile)
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: September 7, 2012
ID : B13K0490 [4896 x 3264]

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Heermann's Gull Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: January 7, 2008
ID : 1854 [3888 x 2592]

Heermann's Gull Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Ventura (Marina Park), CA
GPS: 34.3N, -119.3W, elev=3' MAP
Date: January 3, 2009
ID : 7C2V2931 [3888 x 2592]

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Heermann's Gull Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Venice Beach, CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.5W, elev=13' MAP
Date: July 17, 2009
ID : 7C2V0123 [3888 x 2592]

Heermann's Gull Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: January 7, 2008
ID : 1856 [3888 x 2592]

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Heermann's Gull Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: September 25, 2007
ID : 2423 [3888 x 2592]

Heermann's Gull Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Malibu Lagoon, CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.7W, elev=8' MAP
Date: September 14, 2007
ID : ? [3888 x 2592]

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Heermann's Gull Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Lompoc, CA
GPS: 34.7N, -120.6W, elev=0' MAP
Date: June 24, 2007
ID : ? [3888 x 2592]

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SPECIES INFO

The Heermann's Gull (Larus heermanni) is a gull resident in the United States and Mexico. Of the current population of about 150,000 pairs, 90% nest on the island of Isla Rasa off Baja California in the Gulf of California, with smaller colonies as far north as California and as far south as Nayarit. After breeding, birds commonly disperse to central California, and less commonly north as far as British Columbia and south as far as Guatemala. They are usually found near shores or well out to sea, very rarely inland.

This species looks distinctly different from other gulls. Adults have a medium gray body, blackish-gray wings and tail with white edges, and a red bill with a black tip. The head is dusky gray in non-breeding plumage and white in breeding plumage. Immatures resemble non-breeding adults but are darker and browner, and the bill is flesh-colored or pink till the second winter. A few birds, no more than 1 in 200, have white primary coverts, which form a showy spot on the upper wing.

Calls are described as deep and similar in pattern to other gulls but noticeably different in quality.

This species nests colonially on the ground, like many gulls. It lays two or three eggs, grayish buff to buff with gray and brown markings.

Heermann's Gull sometimes pirates prey from other seabirds, particularly Brown Pelicans, with which it often associates.

Isla Rasa was declared a sanctuary in 1964, and egg-collecting and disturbance during the breeding season are discouraged. Current threats to this gull include the effects of weather on prey species.



                                     




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