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. These images taken at Roundstone Connemara Co. Galway and Sligo.

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