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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Seagulls @ Galveston, Texas

 Doods and I took a walk at the beach and saw these fascinating creatures.

This guy is looking chic with his rumpled fluffy feathers

Seagulls live anywhere between 5 to 15 years. The average is probably 7 to 10 years. Some have been known to live over 25 years.


Seagulls can drink both fresh and salt water. Most animals are unable to do this, but seagulls have a special pair of glands right above their eyes, specifically designed to flush the salt from their systems through openings in the bill. That is why you'll see seagulls near large bodies of water such as the Great Salk Lake where fresh water may be hard to find.


Some gulls do migrate, especially ones in the northern parts of the world, such as Alaska. Like other migratory birds, they go south during the winter to where the pickins' are better. The migratory patterns vary widely depending on where they reside in the summer, but they can travel thousands of miles to find better food sources.

 Source:   All About Seagulls

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19 comments:

Whitemist said...

Always loved Galveston, was there many, many weekends!

Stine in Ontario said...

Interesting post! I had no idea seagulls had special glands so they can drink sea water!

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

Galveston is where I had my first experience with salt water. In the days ahead my "Army journal" blog posts will contain a few words about my visit to Galveston in 1975.

Your seagull photographs are lovely. Thank you for providing information on seagulls, too. Much of it I didn't know.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Tes: Beautiful critters, I really enjoyed the flying shots.

eileeninmd said...

Great post and photos of the gulls. I learned something new didn't know that their drinking water could be both salt water and fresh water. Very interesting.

George said...

You got some beautiful pictures of the gulls. I really like the pictures you got of the gulls in flight. Thanks, too, for the information.

Bangchik said...

Look at the wings... so elegant! ~bangchik

rainfield61 said...

Your information reinforces my knowledge on the seagulls.

I always love seeing flying shots.

Well done!!

Tekkaus said...

I thing the movie that makes me have vivid memories of seagulls is Finding Nemo. :p

Lindy MacDuff said...

Very interesting post and, of course, great photos of the seagulls!

Icy BC said...

Beautiful pictures of seagulls, Tes..I love the ones in flight!

Ebie said...

Wow a lot of critters! Love the flying shots. This is a very informative post!

Arti said...

Just saw seagulls in Varanasi recently...Just loved them..Didnt know so much about themm..thanks for the information..

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DoanLegacy said...

Love the information on seagulls, and you've captured so many beautiful shots!

Cheryl said...

Yes indeed, the seagull with the ruffled or fluffed feathers is very chic indeed! I learned alot about seagulls from you, and I live on the coast where there are many.

Cloudia said...

Great post.



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Ayie said...

different colors from the seagulls here

Liss said...

Thank for the interesting facts about seagulls. These ones look like the have rather dark markings unlike most gulls here.

DoanLegacy said...

Never thought that seagulls are that pretty! You took fantastic pictures.

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