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Flying By With Lunch

Gulls and terns were snagging lunch out of the pond and flying off to eat it on a recent gorgeous blue-skyed day.

Tern Flying with Fish
Common Tern Flying with Fish

The gulls will try to steal another bird’s catch so a successful hunter will quickly move on to a safer spot to eat.

Tern Flying with Fish
Tern Flying with Fish

Most of the catching was on the other side of the pond, swooping away from me.

Tern Catching Fish
Tern Catching Fish

This tern opted to fly low with his catch.

Common Tern Flying with Fish
Common Tern Flying with Fish

While a gull took off higher before disappearing over the marsh.

Gull Flying with Fish
Laughing Gull Flying with Fish

August 4, 2020

Floating Photobomb

The White Ibis was wading in the canal just off the dike at the rice field impoundment. I waited patiently for him to get far enough from the bank to get a clear shot.

White Ibis
White Ibis

Then an intruder! Several Ring-billed Gulls were on the opposite bank in the shallow water. I didn’t expect any to be interested in the deeper water, not thinking they would float, not wade.

White Ibis and Gull
White Ibis and Ring-billed Gull

The Gull continued paddling until he was behind the White Ibis and lifted his head, turning a photobombed shot into a nice bird combo image.

White Ibis and Gull
White Ibis and Ring-billed Gull

Possession

I didn’t see the shrimp arrive or which gull had it first.

Ring-billed Gulls with Shrimp
Ring-billed Gulls with Shrimp

The gull on the right was in hot and noisy pursuit when the possessor of the moment took to the air.

Ring-billed Gulls with Shrimp
Ring-billed Gulls with Shrimp

Unfortunately the shrimp broke apart.

Ring-billed Gulls with Shrimp
Ring-billed Gulls with Shrimp

Or not, if you are gull number two diving in for the recovery of what looked like the bigger piece.

Ring-billed Gulls with Shrimp
Ring-billed Gulls with Shrimp

Two Against One

The Cormorant was swimming low in the water with his catch, probably a crab based on the parts you can see sticking out in a couple of the images.

Cormorant Dive-bombed by Laughing Gull
Cormorant Dive-bombed by Laughing Gull

Alas, a Laughing Gull spotted him and dropped in for a closer look.

Cormorant Dive-bombed by Laughing Gull
Cormorant Dive-bombed by Laughing Gull

The Cormarant dodged the gull and kept his prize.

Cormorant Dive-bombed by Laughing Gull
Cormorant Dive-bombed by Laughing Gull

The gull rose up a for another try.

Cormorant Dive-bombed by Laughing Gull
Cormorant Dive-bombed by Laughing Gull

Attracted by the activity a second gull joined in the harrassment.

Cormorant Dive-bombed by Laughing Gulls
Cormorant Dive-bombed by Laughing Gulls

The Cormarant dodged the interlopers and swallowed his lunch before the gulls re-grouped.

Cormorant Dive-bombed by Laughing Gull
Cormorant Dive-bombed by Laughing Gull

Click on any photo for a larger view of the action.