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Two Great Black-backed Gulls in flight
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Image details:  
Image Description: Two Great Black-backed Gulls in flight
Image notes: Swaabies and Bonxies are an equal threat to young lambs on the hills.
Species in Image: Great Black-backed Gull
Old Haa Image Reference Number: btc01509

General details:  
Common Name Great Black-backed Gull
Latin Name Larus marinus
Shetland Name Swaabie
Latin Group Name Charadriiformes
Latin Family Name Laridae
Common Family Name Gulls
Description A common breeding bird. Resident. The population was estimated by seabird 2000 at 2000 to 2200 pairs. Although not as aggressive as the Great Skua, they nevertheless take a great many young birds out of seabird colonies and ducklings from lochs.
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