Sometimes when we’re out with our cameras Mother Nature can choose to reveal some ‘slices of life’ to us. This short article features some images of a gull eating a floating fish.
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My afternoon at the Hendrie Valley Sanctuary had been a bit slow in terms of photographing birds-in-flight so I was ‘on scan’ looking for other potential subjects. I spotted a gull grabbing a fish that was floating in the water. I was fully expecting it to take flight with it.
Instead the bird decided to peck and pull at the fish carcass. Since there wasn’t much else going on I became engrossed watching the gull with its meal.
With some concerted effort the gull was able to tear off a few pieces of flesh.
It continued to peck and tear at the floating fish, often adjusting the position of the carcass.
Once it got the fish turned over with its under belly exposed the gull got even more aggressive with the carcass, eventually opening up the belly of the fish.
At that point the gull focused on the entrails of the fish and began to tug and pull at them.
This seemed to be the prize that the gull was after and it began to devour the guts of the fish.
After spending about 10 minutes pecking, pulling and eating parts of the fish the gull flew off. Watching this scene wasn’t something that squeamish people would enjoy, but I found it quite engrossing in its own right.
All photographs were captured hand-held using Nikon 1 gear as noted in the article. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process of DxO PhotoLab, CS6, and the Nik Collection.
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