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Tapping the parents

Duration: 01:20

Herring gulls are nesting on Anglesea. They have just been added to the Red Data list, because of their decline in numbers. A chick taps at the red spot on the beak of an adult to tell it to regurgitate food. They look after their young very well, but they are vulnerable to attack from the air, particularly from black-backed gulls - which is why the herring gulls mob them at every opportunity. Whilst there are two adult herring gulls in attendance at the nest it isn't likely that the chicks will be attacked.

Available since: Tue 18 May 2010

Credits

Key talent
Simon King
Key talent
Kate Humble
Key talent
Chris Packham
Key talent
Gordon Buchanan
Key talent
Martin Hughes-Games
Producer
Reema Lorford
Executive Producer
Tim Scoones

This clip is from

Springwatch 2009, Episode 9

Simon King reveals Wales' most spectacular seabird colony.

First broadcast: 08 Jun 2009

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