7 Feb 2020

Critter of the Week: The black-billed gull

From Afternoons, 3:30 pm on 7 February 2020

This week’s critter is the black-billed gull. In Oct 2019 there were around 300 nesting at a building site in Christchurch CBD. DOC installed rafts so that when the chicks went into the water they wouldn’t drown. Currently there is a freshly hatched pair of chicks right in the front of the site and fledged chicks seen at the estuary and in Hagley Park.

Black-billed gull

Black-billed gull Photo: Left - Chick with crash helmet Photo credit Derek Brown DOC and right Black-billed_Gull_By Paul Davey edited by UserTony Wills - FileBlack-billed Gull (5).JPG, Public Domain, httpscommons.wikimedia.orgwindex.phpcurid=22704018