Black Backed gull and chick nesting on pontoon at Gulf Harbour,

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Taken back in December, on the ferry to Tiritiri Matangi, an island off Auckland, New Zealand. Black-Backed gull and chick nesting on pontoon at Gulf Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand – right where the ferry to Tiritiri Matangi pulls in! There’s one egg unhatched. The black-backed gull is the largest gull in the world.

The gull woke up, berated the embarking passengers, and then settled down again on the nest.

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