Audouin’s gulls resting

Audouins gulls on the rocks


A little group of Audouin’s gulls were regulars on the beach of Port de Pollenca, about five adults and a few subadults. During the day, they would mostly be loafing about on a line of rocks off the beach, at dusk, when the beach was quieter, they would patrol looking for scraps amongst the parasols, by groups of people having a picnic or on the tide line. Despite their approachability, Audouin’s gull is a vulnerable species, only present in the Mediterranean, with some discrete breeding colonies, some of them in Mallorca. Compared to Herring gulls, their dark eyes give them a gentle expression, and the colour of their mantle is paler. Overall, they look rather elegant. I based this watercolour on one of my photos, taken from the shore.