Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Herring Gull

This Herring Gull image is the last of three photos Erika and I took in Rockport, Texas, last March of bathing birds. Herring Gulls often bathe while resting on water, ducking their bodies under water and then shaking their feathers. After bathing, these gulls will often preen (Pierotti and Good 1994). You might not think that a gull would get dirty enough to need a bath. The behavior probably both cleans and helps control feather parasites such as mites.

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