Category Archives: gulls

Frozen Fish Stick

What do you do if you are a lucky gull that happens upon a nutritious but frozen stiff dead fish on the beach in bone chilling cold?  Well I watched this one take its find into the shallow water along the beach and repeatedly throw it down and pick it up until it softened sufficiently to be enjoyed.  Pretty crafty huh?  I’m grateful for the show and getting a nice photograph of the lucky, smart gull.

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Also posted in Beach, Birds, Winter 2014/15

Hooked Gull

This young gull has a fishing lure hooked through its bill and monofilament line over its back and around its legs.  I saw it at IR Inlet yesterday just before sunset and a few minutes later it was gone. The poor bird was in obvious pain.  Fooled by the lure it now is severely hindered in its ability to survive winter days on the beach.  Fisherman often snag their lines on the rocks as they fish in the inlet and it is likely that this bird saw what it thought was a tasty treat but now has a life threatening injury.  Survival in nature is tough enough but this sad sight is a reminder that for so many animals  debris in the marine environment can make it that much tougher.

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Also posted in Birds, Winter 2014/15

Like Scooping Fish From a Barrel

Dozens of gulls massed on a school of fish in a Delaware marsh pond but only a few gulls came up lucky.  This one was the envy of its neighbors as it took off to fill its belly.

 

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Also posted in Birds, Fall 2014

Fins and Feathers

This lucky gull plucked a nice catch out of a tidal pond at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge this morning.

 

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Also posted in Birds, Fall 2014

Wings In Waves

When one is only about 16 inches tall practically all waves seem big.  This breaking wave at Prime Hook Beach didn’t intimidate this Laughing Gull however, who stood tall against the surge.

 

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Also posted in Beach, Birds, Shorebirds, Spring 2014, Waves

Can You Hear Me Now?

Laughing Gulls were at the party Sunday morning working the tidal wrack line on the beach at dawn in search of newly washed up breakfast tid bits.  The pastoral scene was not, however, without some strife as demonstrated by this alpha laugher chest checking a colleague.  The recipient of the bellowing is slightly deafened but moved right on to the next course.

 

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Also posted in Beach, Birds, Spring 2014

Stretching Gull Laughing

Or, Laughing Gull stretching. A nice reflection in any case.

Also posted in Summer 2011

Splish-Splash

Gulls don’t really bathe this way, but this one kicked up a nice splash as it defended its space.

Also posted in Spring 2011

Gold Bar

Gulls sociallizing on a bar at sunrise.

Also posted in Scenics, Spring 2011, Sunrises and Sunsets

Bar Flyover

A Laughing Gull takes off down a sand bar runway.

Also posted in Spring 2011