It’s true that some things are small while some things are just further away. The red-billed gull on the left in this pic is actually smaller than the black-backed gull on the right (a juvenile so not yet “black-backed”) but it is also further away. These two gulls are common around our coast but the red-billed has declined hugely in recent decades and is predicted to at least halve again in the next 30 years. The red-bills nest in more distant colonies such as the one at Tawharanui (alongside white fronted terns), while the black-backed gulls nest in small numbers around my local coastline. These two birds were watching us fish at the local wharf hoping we might catch something. We didn’t.