The Cape gull is largely sedentary, and large colonies tend to stick to a favoured beach or coastal area. They frequently converge at popular feeding sites and have been known to attack prey en masse. This black and white gull is a common visitor to the beaches of the country. The back and the tops of its wings are black; while the belly, head and tail are white. There are also white tips on the wings, called mirrors. The legs are a green-tinged yellow, which goes a brighter hue of yellow during the breeding season; and the bill is yellow with a vivid red spot on the underside. Juveniles have a mottled-grey plumage, duller colouring on their legs, and a black bill. They take about three years to mature. The Cape gull has a shorter bill and a more angular head and is differentiated by its pristine white tail and its dark-coloured eye.
Info source: https://www.sa-venues.com/wildlife/birds_cape_gull.php
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The photo was taken during October 2016 at Beacon Isle Hotel, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape, South Africa.

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