In Devonport, a suburb across the harbour from Auckland, we stopped to rest our feet and watch a lady feeding a variety of birds. We recognised the Southern Black-Backed Gull as we’ve seen these in Tasmania but were not sure about this other one.Apparently the juvenile Black-Backed Gulls are mottled like this one is but I can’t tell from my photo if the beak is the same. It is a different colour . Kiwi readers can you help me out with this one please?
*Note: I now think that the second bird is a juvenile Black-Backed Gull after all. I have seen some photos of them on a bird site and they do have different coloured beaks when they are young. It would make sense for the juvenile to be with the adults who were feeding.