Birding Tips







The Large Gulls
of North America

Narrated by Jon L. Dunn

The Large GullsHere is a tool to help you become an expert on the large gulls of North America.

Gulls are challenging birds to identify. There are lots of species, with subtle differences between them. Furthermore, each gull goes through several transformations in appearance as it matures.

If you consider that summer plumage is different from winter plumage, and that first-year, second-year, third-year, and sometimes fourth-year plumages are all different, you end up with 6 to 8 different patterns for each gull (plus one more, the juvenile plumage it wears only in its first season after hatching).

No wonder many people are overwhelmed by gulls.

But expert birders take particular delight in studying them, and you can also, when you use this DVD to get them all straight. In this DVD, three of the world's top gull watchers share their knowledge and experience: Jon L. Dunn, Larry Rosche, and John Vanderpoel.

A close look at gulls

Outstanding bird footage distinguishes this DVD, with sharp, detailed closeups of the gulls. You see the birds in flight and perched. Watch them in slow motion. Study side-by-side comparisons of similar species.

Here you get a chance to compare the fine points of wing pattern, tail pattern, head shape, and so on. There is new information in this DVD that is not found in any of the field guides.

About Jon L. Dunn:

Jon Dunn is widely known for his expertise in bird identification. He was chief consultant for the National Geographic Society's Field Guide to the Birds of North America.

It is Jon's voice that guides the viewer through the DVD, clearly explaining the intricacies of gull identification. He and Larry Rosche wrote the script.

DVD video, two hours
Produced by Peregrine Video Productions

Also see The Small Gulls DVD, produced by the same all-star team.

And their wonderful new Hummingbirds of North America, available both in DVD and VHS video.

You may wish to look at some other DVDs as well.

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Gulls shown in
The Large Gulls

  • Thayer's Gull
  • Iceland Gull
  • Glaucous-winged Gull
  • Herring Gull
  • Western Gull
  • Glaucous Gull
  • California Gull
  • Slaty-backed Gull
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • Great Black-backed Gull
  • Yellow-footed Gull
  • Yellow-legged Gull
  • Kelp Gull