I am close to being done with my heron project, though I have a few more details to work out.
I am moving on and beginning a new "the wonder of it all" photography and observation. I'll be watching seagulls for a while. Yes seagulls! Like the Canada geese of last year I already adore them. Here is a bit of information I've learned about the herring seagull.
The adults are very protective of their young and territory.
Seagulls don't reach adult maturity for about 4 years.
Juvenile gulls stay near their parents and close to their colonies.
Below is a picture of two juvenile herring seagulls at different stages. They are playing and the younger is on the older ones back.