Birds of Florida – Laughing Gulls

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Laughing Gulls are saltwater shorebirds that are seen near coastal areas, salt marshes and sometimes near urban environments and agricultural areas. I saw these birds flying near the Sanibel Causeway searching for fish to eat. They dive into the water when they spot their prey and grab them with their sharp bills. They are very graceful birds when they fly and seem to use the wind drafts to hang in the air and glide slowly looking for fish. They have an impressive wing span. They are called laughing Gulls because of the sounds they make, ha, ha, ha. You can learn more about these birds and hear an audio clip of their calls by visiting the All About Birds website. Click on pictures for larger images of the birds.






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