Ring-Billed Gull

Herring Gull

Recently I was at O’Shaughnessy Reservoir to see a rare bird (rare at least for central Ohio).  While I was there, I saw plenty of seagulls looking for fish below the dam.  They seemed to have an easy time of pulling fish out of the water- perhaps the long fall off the dam disoriented the fish (I know I’d be off my game!).  I took many photos that day, and thought I’d share some of them.  Notice that there are definite pecking orders when it comes to who gets to eat first when a fish is brought out onto the ice.  The occasional smart bird wolfs a fish down head-first while still in flight so that it doesn’t have to defend its meal from others.  Seagulls are scavengers as well as fishers, and squabbling over another bird’s food is not uncommon with these social birds.

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