Snapshot Sunday – Birds of a Feather

Southern Black Backed Gull.
Southern Black Backed Gull.

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.



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


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