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A cacophony of seagullims

 |  Peter H. Wood  | 
It is fairly clear that Buffalo Beach is the habitat of a seagull sub species – Seagullims Bludgerous. Rather than scavenging along the high tide line this group have learnt to interact with the dominant species and can be separated by their specific behaviours such as: They perch on high points along the beach front so that single bird plunge-downs alert a large group to take advantage of available food supplies. The spreading of a fish and chip packages on a picnic table becomes a signal so that up to two dozen argumentative and mingling birds are quickly on the scene.

Moral: don’t leave your dinner alone.

Humans think that while they are enjoying the sea view certain Seagullims Bludgerous have adopted them and approached near as tame animals. No way, they have learnt that looking endearingly up close is a sure way to get a chip or piece of sandwich.

Another sign of Seagullims Bludgerous is their ability to avoid the fight or flight pattern when close to folk and vehicles. Their carefulness in avoiding powered vehicles is shown by the lack of road-kill along Buffalo Beach and how they can fossick on the road or footpath and scuttle out of the vehicles way at the last moment. Indeed, some eye humans up, within a metre.

There is, of course, a down side to this behaviour. Parked vehicles can display a white spot infection. This is corrosive matter and needs to be washed off as soon as possible before drying. Do not turn on windscreen wipers.

The high-pitched screech emitted by Seagullims Bludgerous on landing is used to clear a space and scare off early-comers. This can be seen easily by throwing out slices of burnt toast. Amusing to watch as dominating Seagullims Bludgerous’ will chase away competing attendees by running head down very quickly after them.

Certain Seagullims Bludgerous’ have learnt to batten on certain female house-owners by pretending to be pets. Such as tapping at a window or roosting near a house entrance until the gullible owner feeds them on a regular basis.

This sub-species has found a sensible way to survive the winter-lean months. Keep an eye out for this new phenomenon.

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