Seagulls: Garbage men with Wings.

Seagulls screech and they are loud and smelly. They are scavengers, nuisances and known as garbage men with wings.

This is still my opinion of them although I had loads of fun photographing them in Hout Bay Harbour.

Seagulls at Hout bay Harbour

As I was walking around Hout Bay Harbour the seagulls were flocking and my presence didnt even scare them away. It was an overcast morning with a brisk wind and all the seagulls were flocking toward the docks.

Seagulls flocking around the harbour

I find gulls pretty boring as they are annoying birds always circling around boardwalks and beaches, just waiting for you to look away from your sandwich for two seconds. But I found out that there are actually a couple of fascinating things about these creatures that I never suspected.

  • Seagulls are very clever. They learn, remember and even pass on behaviours, such as stamping their feet in a group to imitate rainfall and trick earthworms to come to the surface. They also use bread crumbs to attract fish.
  • Seagulls are attentive and caring parents. The male and female pair for life and they take turns incubating the eggs, and feeding and protecting the chicks.
  • 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 which is specifically designed to flush the salt from their systems through openings in the bill.
  • A small claw halfway up their lower leg enables them to sit and roost on high ledges without being blown off.
  • In Native American symbolism, the seagull represents a carefree attitude, versatility, and freedom.
  • Many seagulls have learned to conserve energy by hovering over bridges in order to absorb raising heat from paved roadways.
  • Diet of seagulls includes different types of insects, earthworms, small rodents, reptiles and amphibians. They also consume seed, fruit and leftovers of human meals.
  • Seagulls are monogamous creatures (they mate for a lifetime). Mating couple gathers each year during the mating season to reproduce and to take care of their offspring.


  1. My grandmother would throw out parts of a chicken she didn’t want (skin, gizzard, neck) into the yard. A few minutes later the seagulls swarmed, then a few minutes later the birds and the chicken parts were gone.

    They may be scavengers but they’re still my favorite bird.

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