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Ring-billed Gull Snagging Lunch

I spotted this Ring-billed Gull just before he hit the water.

Ring-billed Gull Face Plant
Ring-billed Gull Face Plant

There wasn’t much of a splash and the gull’s wings never went under the surface.

Ring-billed Gull Face Plant
Ring-billed Gull Face Plant

One powerful beat of his wings and he was up.

Ring-billed Got A Fish
Ring-billed Got A Fish

A small splash and he was away.

Ring-billed Liftoff With Fish
Ring-billed Liftoff With Fish

Wasting no time, he sped off before one of the other circling gulls or terns noticed his catch.

Ring-billed Liftoff With Fish
Ring-billed Liftoff With Fish

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
December 25, 2021

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