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Seagulls Squabble Over Fish.

March 15, 2014

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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16 Comments leave one →
  1. March 15, 2014 10:28 am

    Really great photos of the gulls!

    We have a few million extra gulls up here in Michigan that we’d be happy to share if you can convince them to stay in Ohio. 😉

    • March 15, 2014 10:31 am

      Thanks! Maybe we can work out a deal- send us the ones we don’t see much down here, but the Ring-Billed Gull population is doing fine thanks 😉

  2. March 15, 2014 6:49 pm

    What a great series of shots that show all the activity among the hungry gulls. Bet it got a bit noisy at times too!

  3. March 15, 2014 8:49 pm

    I enjoy watching gulls and I enjoyed the results of your gull watch.

  4. March 15, 2014 9:19 pm

    Nice action shots! We noticed similar behavior along Griggs Reservoir.

  5. March 16, 2014 8:46 am

    Almost like a movie!

  6. March 16, 2014 10:24 pm

    You got some great shots.

  7. March 17, 2014 9:35 am

    Wow! Just Wow!
    Your photos are so surreal. I feel like I’m right there.
    You really got some magnificent photos of the birds in flight and fishing and just being birds.
    Awesome! ~applause~

  8. March 17, 2014 10:44 am

    That looks like a great fishing spot. Just imagine having 5 or 6 friends standing around trying to steal your food though. They must have to wolf the fish down as fast as they can.

    • March 17, 2014 1:43 pm

      It was definitely ‘fast food’, Gardener! I could see the fish in the water, I wondered if some were injured going over the dam.

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