Rotorua Birds

Dozens of red-billed gulls and pied cormorants are nesting on a tiny islet a few meters from the shore at Sulphur Point in Rotorua.

The wind was offshore, bringing the hellish stench of Satan’s flatulence from the geothermal features to the South. There used to be mineral baths here, with a full-time attendant to pull people from the pools when they became unconscious from the fumes.

They though this was healthy and good for them.

Anyway. Birds.

Red Billed Gull

Squawk!

Red Billed Gull Landing

Final Wingstroke on Landing

Red Billed Gull Landing on Branch

Symmetry

Black-backed gull chased by red-billed gull

A Red-biiled gull chases a Black-backed gull. The Black-backed gull is about five times the weight of the red-bill.

Gulls fighting

Fight’s on!

This is a life-and death struggle. The larger bird can and will eat the eggs and chicks of the smaller gull. Birds suffer major injuries and die in these fights.

This is a life-and death struggle. The larger bird can and will eat the eggs and chicks of the smaller gull. Birds suffer major injuries and die in these fights.

Pied Cormorant landing

Announcing Short Final, Branch 20 Left.

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