DOLPHIN GULL When seen at close quarters, this gull really is a beautiful species to behold. Its dark mantle with white trailing edge to the wings is augmented by an exquisite grey wash over its head, neck and breast. To complete the look, it has a white iris offset by a vivid red eye ring and matching legs and beak. It has a dark hood in its juvenile plumage, which is unique in larids. Indeed, it can be easily mistaken for another gull species. It is a fairly common resident of coastal Chile, Argentina and the Falkland Islands, favouring rocky, muddy and sandy shores. Like most gulls it is an omnivore and, certainly in Ushuaia, is not adverse to taking and eating anything they can get from the transiting tourists. They have a strange un-gull-like call, rendered as ‘kek-kek-kek ’, and other high pitched utterances. Ongoing research has revealed that the Dolphin Gull has relatively small eyes compared to all other gulls. The reason for this adaptation is unclear. This species was named in honour of English explorer, William Scoresby and in days gone by it was actually called, Scoresby’s Gull.