|Copyright: Peter Houttuin (httn) (97)|
|Date Taken: 2004-10-10|
|Camera: Canon EOS D60|
|Exposure: f/4.5, 1/500 seconds|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2008-02-14 7:46|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|The Western Gull, Larus occidentalis, is a large white-headed gull that lives on the western coast of North America.|
The Western Gull is a large gull, around 60 cm long with a white head and body, and gray wings.
The Western Gull is an exclusively marine gull that is seldom encountered inland. It nests on offshore islands and rocks along the coast, in the colonies, long term pairs aggressively defend territories whose borders may shift slightly from year to year, but are maintained for the life of the male.
The Western Gull typically lives 15 years, but can live to at least 25 years.
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