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We yawn, and so do birds and other animals. Here’s a Great Black-Backed Gull that I caught in the act near the Barnegat Lighthouse this past Saturday.

Breat Black-Backed Gull yawning

Breat Black-Backed Gull yawning

Note that it was standing on only one leg. After the soundless yawn, it laid down, looking bored as it watched humans walking by it.

Great Black-Backed Gull resting

Great Black-Backed Gull resting

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