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.
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.
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.