Sea Birds Nautical Throw Pillows

by CruiseReady

Sea birds are a beautiful element in a nautical or coastal decor, and throw pillows are one of the easiest ways of all to incorporate their natural beauty into your own decor.

Venture near the seashore, and you’re sure to encounter a few sea birds. Artistic renderings of birds who live near the sea are a natural and beautiful element for any nautical or coastal decor. Sea birds nautical throw pillows are among the quickest, easiest. and most affordable ways to incorporate these fascinating creatures into your home decor.

Pelicans, Sea Gulls, Terns, and Sandpipers are found at seashores the world over. So, you'll want to find one of more of them to add to your home's nautical decor.

So, think nautical, think natural, think sea birds. But, you don't have to travel to the beach or a sea port to see them. Just venture into your living room, den, or bedroom, where you have artfully placed a Sea Bird Nautical Throw Pillow or two in plain sight. It's a sight that will be sure to please.

To give you some ideas, this page highlights a handful of lovely pillows from the artists of Zazzle. You'll also find along with them a little bit of fun information about the birds featured on them.

Seagulls

Seagulls on a Florida Beach
Seagulls on a Florida Beach
Author's own photo

Just Gulls

These Clever Birds Are Found on All Seven Continents

Though most of us use the term 'Seagull' for these birds, the proper term is just 'Gulls.'  

Not all gulls spend their entire lives at the shore, or flying over the ocean.  For example,California Gulls live at Utah's Great Salt Lake, and the Grey Gull, of Central and South America, flies inland, to Chile's Atacama Desert, for breeding!

With over 50 species world wide, there is quite a wide variety and range of gulls, and they can be found on all seven continents.  Yes, even Antarctica, where some of them go to breed.  

These birds are clever and adaptable, and feed in any manner that will get them food.  They even steal freshly caught prey from other birds and animals.  

 They can catch prey or food in mid air.  When we were kids, we used to save old bread for the birds.  It was great fun to throw a pieces up and watch the gulls catch them in the air.

And if that isn't enough, they are cunning in catching their food, too.  The Herring Gull actually goes 'fishing' like we do.  They have been observed using food bits, like bread, as bait to catch small live fish. 

Seagull Catching Bread in Mid Air

Five Fun Facts About Seagulls

  • Unlike most other animals, gulls can safely drink both fresh water and salt water.
  • The Seagull is the state bird of Utah, because they saved early Mormon settlers from a plague of crickets.
  • The largest gull species is the Great Black Beaked Gull, which grows to nearly two and a half feet.  The Little Gull is the smallest species, measuring just under one foot when fully grown.
  • The Swallow-Tailed Gull is the only sea bird that is completely nocturnal.

Sandpipers

Ruddy Turnstone Sandpipers
Ruddy Turnstone Sandpipers
Author's Own Photo

Small and Quick Sandpipers

Are Found Around the World

Another sea bird that's found around the world is the ubiquitous family of sandpipers. which also includes birds that you may know as snipes, curlews, woodcocks, and godwits.  

They don't particularly like the desert or Antarctica, so those are two places you won't find them.  Where you will find them is along just about any shoreline, where they forage for food among the washed up seaweed and sand.

Many species of these little birds have quite long legs, which can go like crazy. (Some, like the Turnstones shown above have shorter legs.)  

You may have seen a group of them on the beach, running together from an incoming wavelet. It almost looks like a, film that has been sped up. (A short video follows)

The smallest ones are the Least Sandpipers, that are less than five inches long. Even the biggest ones are still fairly small birds.  Those are the Far Eastern and Eurasian Curlews, which grow to just over two feet long.

Have you ever seen a small bird running through shallow water, with its beak partially submerged?  If so, that was probably a shank, also a member of the sandpiper family.  He was fishing for his dinner. 

 

Sandpipers Running To and Fro

In Response to Incoming and Outgoing Wavelets

Pelicans

Brown Pelican Over Ocean (cropped)
Brown Pelican Over Ocean (cropped)

Pelicans Are Amazing Birds

Although they are often caricatured in a humorous manner in drawings and animation, pelicans are some of the planet's most fascinating creatures.

Of the eight worldwide species, six have white or pale plumage.  The Brown and Peruvian Pelicans are the exceptions.

The Australian Pelican has the longest bill of any bird in the world - over a foot and a half long.

They like fish for dinner, along with other small sea creatures.  Some species will hold a sort of a 'hunting party' for food.  A group of them will gather in a semi circle or line, and flap their wings on the surface of the water.  Thus, they 'herd' schools of fish into the shallows and scoop them up in their roomy pouches.

Those pouches are NOT for storing fish, as some will tell you.  They are simply for scooping up large quantities of water, which will contain their prey.  The water is then drained off, and the fish swallowed.

One species, however, is a real areal acrobat. That's the Brown Pelican.  They 'plunge-dive' to catch their dinner.  It's fascinating to watch, and I enjoy seeing them do it.

If you've never seen Brown Pelicans doing their head first, high speed dive, I'm sure you'll find the following video quite engaging.

Pelicans Feeding

Brown Pelicans Go Diving for Dinner

Some Pelican Facts

Pelicans don't breathe through their nostrils, but through their mouth.  Their nostrils are basically closed, which protects their airways when they dive.

Though their bills and pouches are huge, their tongues are very small.  This makes it easier for them to swallow large fish.

At only about 3.5 feet long, the Brown Pelican is the smallest species.  But their wingspan is still in the six foot range.

The Dalmation Pelican is the largest.  They grow to six feet long, with wings that span nearly ten feet.  They are also the rarest, with a conservation status of "Vulnerable."

 

 

Splashdown

The Perfect Pelican Pillow for a Man Cave

Terns

Little Tern (Sternula albifrons), Little Swanport, Tasmania, Australia
Little Tern (Sternula albifrons), Little Swanport, Tasmania, Australia

Pillows with Sea Terns on Them

Arctic Tern and Gull-Billed Tern

Terns are Teriffic Flyers

Terns used to be thought of as part of the gull family of birds, but that is n longer the case.  Non scientists can look at their bills and tails to distinguish them from gulls.  Their beaks are generally longer and more slender, and they have forked, rather than fanned tails.

As to these sea birds being terrific flyers - that may be an understatement, particularly in the case of the Arctic Tern.  These migratory creatures fly thousands and thousands of miles each year, but the Arctic Tern must hold some sort of record.  They migrate literally from one end of the earth to the other, following summer and daylight year round, from the Arctic north to the edges of Antarctica.

 

A Little More About Terns

  • Terns eat fish and other small sea creatures.  They catch food by flying low until they spot a tasty morsel, then dive beneath the surface to grab it.
  • They are lousy nest builders.  Some species just lay their eggs on the sand.  Several others build floating nests in marshlands.  And the White Tern just lays an egg on a bare tree branch.
  • Like gulls, terns can drink sea water.  That's a good thing, since they spend very long periods of time out over the sea, far from land.
  • The Sooty Tern can stay out at sea for up to 10 years at a time.

 

 

Updated: 10/13/2016, CruiseReady
 
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CruiseReady on 08/29/2015

@happynutritionist - Runny birds is a great name for them. I love to watch them skittle around... such a hoot!

happynutritionist on 08/29/2015

What a beautiful selection of pillows and great information about sea birds. My mom used to call the sandpipers "runny birds".

CruiseReady on 08/28/2015

Oh, and thank YOU. Did you know that there's even a monument to the sea gull in Salt Lake? It's quite a story indeed.

DerdriuMarriner on 08/28/2015

CruiseReady, Thank you! I love the story of the gulls and Salt Lake City! Also, it's so comforting to awaken to the sound of gulls and fall asleep to the sound of the waves. What can be "more better -- ;-] --" than awakening and falling asleep to their image on throw pillows?

CruiseReady on 08/28/2015

Thank you, MBC. Not, not a birder, just a fan of anything connected with the sea.

MBC on 08/27/2015

Very well written. Are you a birder?

CruiseReady on 08/25/2015

Well, I have several Zazzle stores, and collectively, they have quite a few items. But other Zazzlers have far more than I. But only three of the pillows featured on this page are mine. Thanks for visiting!

blackspanielgallery on 08/25/2015

The birds are so photogenic. You must have a large Zazzle store.

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