Laughing Gull Love
Laughing Gulls evidently pair up in May also, and they seem to have courtship rituals that closely resemble the terns. Arching one's neck is one move that always impresses the female Laughing Gulls.
Loud calls appeared to play a role in Laughing Gull courtships, just as they did in the courtship rituals of Common Terns.
Like the Common Terns, Male Laughing Gulls will bring gifts of food to potential mates.
There was a whole lot of pairing up going on when we visited Pymouth Beach in May, 2011.
There was a whole lot of mating going on, too. This 'piggy-back' position is really an introduction to intercourse for the gulls.