Larus marinus

Great Black-backed Gull - Our largest gull. As large as a goose. They breed in small colonies, or alone. The ground nest is lined and positioned on cliff tops or rocky stacks. The clutch consists of 3-5 eggs. They take at least four years to reach maturity, development in this species being somewhat slower than that of other large gulls. This one taken at Roundstone Connemara Co. Galway.

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