An Odd Couple

I love witnessing two bird species coexisting, especially of two you’d least expect.

In the distance, I thought, what?  No…..  Really?

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Sure enough, an Osprey and a Great Black-backed Gull were sharing the top of Channel Marker R10 on the Choptank River.


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Osprey and Great Black-backed Gull


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Osprey and Great Black-backed Gull


They might not be sure why they’re sitting there so close together either.

But when a rest is needed, a rest is needed!  😉



38 thoughts on “An Odd Couple

  1. Interesting combination! I wonder if two seagulls would have shared the top of the buoy. I noticed that a second seagull was down below. I usually see them play musical pilings where one lands on another’s piling, then that one goes and lands on a third one’s piling, etc. I wonder if the fact that it is two different species makes it more likely that the top perch was shared. Hmmmmm.

    • Thank you, Susan! I think two gulls would share the top, I’ve seen gulls all over a buoy before. I know what you mean about pilings, there’s only room for one bird on each. I have seen Osprey chase gulls so to see one sitting alongside the largest gull we have makes for interesting combination for sure!

    • Thank you, Belinda! The Greater Black-backed Gull is the largest gull in the world. It’s surprising to see the two side by side when we know how huge the Osprey is. I loved coming upon this unique sighting!

  2. Great capture! Check the size of the gull! This species if I’m not mistaken, the largest gulls in the world. I’ve seen them next to other gulls and look like giants. Most birds share a place without fighting others unless they feel threatened. 🙂

    • Thank you, HJ! Yes, you’re right, the Greater Black-backed Gull is the largest in the world. I thought it was a neat sighting, for comparison purposes, and knowing in my mind Bella wouldn’t allow anyone next to her on that buoy, 😉

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