Swallow-tailed Gull
Creagrus furcatus
The Swallow-tailed Gull (Creagrus furcatus) is a pelagic species which nests on several islands in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of South America including the Galapagos. It is unique among the gulls as it is the only gull species that is a nocturnal forager. The first 5 digital photos shown here were taken on Tower Island, Galapagos, in July 2003, with a Canon EOS 10D and an EF 70-200 mm F/2.8 L IS lens. Scroll down for more images from 2007.
The bird at right is a juvenile Swallow-tailed Gull.
The next 6 shots at right show Swallow-tailed Gulls on Espanola Island AKA Hood Island, on the Galapagos, in July, 2007. These shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 500mm F/4 L IS lens.
The next 10 shots were all taken on Seymour Island in the Galapagos in July, 2007, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 100-400 L IS lens.
The bird in the next 4 shots has a newly hatched chick. You can still see the broken egg shell near the chick.
The next 12 images show various ages and plumages of Swallow-tailed Gulls on the Galapagos Islands in August, 2010. All these next 12 shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a Sigma 50-500mm lens.
This bird is coming in to land at its nest.
The next three shots show a young Swallow-tailed Gull still in the nest.
Note the juvenile gull in the nest on the lower left of this shot while the adult rests nearby.
The bird under the rock is incubating eggs while its mate rests nearby.
The next two shots show a juvenile Swallow-tailed Gull with an adult.