The Kelp Gull is found near the coasts of southern South America, southern Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica.
In South America it stretches from Espirito Santo, Brazil round Tierra del Fuego and north to Ecuador. It is the largest gull to be seen in the continent.
It has a mainly white body with a contrasting black mantle, yellow bill with a red spot near the tip of its lower mandible and dull, greenish-yellow legs. In flight it has a white trailing edge to its black wings and an all-white tail.
The 5th photo shows a 3rd year bird with brown mottling on its head and neck and a less red gonydeal spot on the bill. The 6th photo shows an immature struggling to eat a rather large fish. The 7th photo shows a 1st year bird on the left and a 2nd year bird on the right.