English and Scientific names:

Great Black Backed Gull

Number of individuals: 

One present

Locality: LOUISIANA: 

Cameron Parish

Specific Locality:

On beach half way between Holly Beach and Holleyman Bird Sanctuary

Date(s) when observed:

August 21, 2009

Time(s) of day when observed:  

7:30 AM

Reporting observer and address:

Tom Finnie,

Sulphur, LA 70665

Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):

My wife, pet miniature schnauzer and I were driving down Hwy 82. We spotted the large gull sitting on the beach. We stopped, backed up and took some pictures. We had no idea of what type gull this was.

Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)


Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):

Light conditions on 8/21/2009 @ 7:30 AM were fine as you can see in the images. The skies were overcast.

Optical equipment: 

Nikon D300, 400mm lens

Distance to bird(s): 

30 yards

Duration of observation:

We watched the great black backed gull for about 10 minutes, took some pictures and left. The gull remained.


Gulf of Mexico beach

Behavior of bird: 

The Great Black Backed Full was feeding on a fish (see image) that washed up on the beach.


See attached pictures.


Not vocal at the time.

Similar species:

See attached pictures.

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Pictures were photographed by me (see attached pictures).

Previous experience with this species: 


Identification aids:

Petersonís Guide

This description is written from: 

Pictures were used in lieu of notes.

Are you positive of your identification? If not, explain: 


Donna Dittman identified this as a Great Black Backed Gull after sending her an email with attached pictures.

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