|Dolphin Gull (Larus scoresbii)
(aka Leucophaeus scoresbii
Chilean name: Gaviota austral
|Porvenir, Tierra del Fuego, Chile
The Dolphin Gull is distributed along the coasts of southern Chile from Chiloe south to Tierra del Fuego and up the southern Argentine coast.
|It is found at the coast where it nests on cliffs and beaches. Often seen near sewage outlets as is the case here. (In fact the sewage outlet at Porvenir is the furthest south I have ever reached on the South American continent!). It is a stunning bird with its grey body contrasting with dark mantle and wings and a bright red on the legs and a very heavy looking bill.|
|Photo 4 shows a 1st year bird with its grey back, brown wings greyish hood and dull pink bill with dark tip.|