Kelp Gull
Larus dominicanus
The Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus) is also called Southern Black-backed Gull by some authors. It is the only gull species which occurs in Antarctica. The species is very widespread in the southern hemisphere, however, occurring in southern South America, southern Africa, southern Australia, as well as most sub-antarctic islands. In recent years wandering Kelp Gulls have showed up at several locations in the United States. The adult Kelp Gull shown here was photographed at Hannah Point on Livingston Island, Antarctica, in January, 1998, with a Canon T-90 and FD 400mm F/5.6 lens on Fuji Sensia.
The adult at right was photographed in January, 1999, also at Hannah Point, but with a Canon EOS 1N and EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens on Fuji Sensia.
On the right are two young Kelp Gulls that are still quite dependant upon their parents for food. These two guys were also at Hannah Point in January, 1999.
Another shot from Hannah Point in January, 1999. This image offers a good perspective of a typical view of this gull in Antarctica.
The Kelp Gulls here were resting on an iceberg in the Gerlache Straight in Antarctica, in January, 2000.
At right is another Hannah Point shot from January, 1998.
The adult Kelp Gull here was at Elephant Island, Antarctica, in January, 2003. This image was taken with a Canon D60 and EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L IS lens and 2X extender.
The next three shots show adult Kelp Gulls in flight. These shots were taken on Half Moon Island, Antarctica, in December, 2003, with a Canon EOS 10D and EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L IS lens and 2X extender.