Story: Gulls, terns and skuas

Gulls feeding at sea (1st of 2)

Gulls feeding at sea

Gulls, terns and skuas make the most of feeding opportunities. These red-billed gulls are gathering over a school of kahawai, which chase smaller fish such as anchovies and pilchards to the surface, where gulls can get at them. White-fronted terns also take advantage of this phenomenon.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Gulls, terns and skuas - Black-backed gulls', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 August 2022)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015