Coastal barrier islands which is part of a chain of islands known as the Outer Banks off the mainland of North Carolina is where I was able to photograph this Laughing Gull juvenile. Laughing Gulls breed in coastal marshes and ponds in large colonies. The large nest, made largely from grasses, is constructed on the ground. The 3 or 4 greenish eggs are incubated for about three weeks. These are omnivores like most gulls, and they will scavenge as well as seeking suitable small prey. Laughing Gulls take three years to reach adult plumage. Immature birds are always darker than most similar-sized gulls. First-year birds are greyer below and have paler head and second-years can be distinguished by the wing pattern and structure.
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