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Nature Scenes: Laughing gull's head is only black during breeding season
By Lynn Bowen
posted Sep 8, 2013 - 9:09:05am
An 11-ounce, 16.5-inch-long laughing gull with a 40-inch wingspan seemed to be shouting "Hear ye! Hear ye!" at New Smyrna Beach in April. He looked proud of his domain as he walked along the shore. After all, he can fly on high, swoop low to get food, and swim or float in the ocean or walk on land.
The gull had gray feathers on the top of his body and white feathers below. With his jet-black head held high, he really wanted to be heard. In my imagination, I figured out what he was saying. He told of the salty sea's beauty, surf, shells, snails and sand at the seashore. The radiant sunrises and colorful sunsets he sees every day while watching the tides are exciting too!
Oh, to be a carefree gull and find peace at the beach. The ocean has that effect on me. I visit the ocean and beach as often as I can, and enjoy listening to the waves' lilting lullabies and admiring the sea mist and heavenly sunbeams. Sometimes, the ocean seems to be angry, but a visitor to the beach must just accept this and daydream about better days.
Joggers, hikers, surfers, fishermen and picnickers love the beach. They — and birds like terns, doves, pelicans and gulls — know this is a great place to find joy.
— Bowen lives in DeLand. Send email to her at email@example.com.
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