Monday, 2 November 2009

Gulls Panning for Food Underwater

Last weekend, while in the city of Bath , we were looking down into the river below where the water emerged from a tunnel and flowed over several steps. There were many gulls there including this one below which I`m guessing is a lesser black backed gull. The gulls were standing in the water on the uppermost step and “panning” for food that flowed in with the water.

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After carefully watching the water, they would suddenly plunge their head underwater…..

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Gull

…and keep it down while they fished around for something worthwhile to eat.

Gull

 

…more often than not, they would come up with algae. I`m not entirely convinced they are eating the algae, but the below series of photos indicate that they do.

 

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…or it could just be that I missed out the frame where it let the algae go!

 

Anyway, here’s another gull, a herring gull this time (?). This fellow made the mistake of sitting too close to the edge of the step.

Gull

…and as the water keeps pushing it closer over the edge, it has to concentrate on maintaining its balance.

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Gull

Unfortunately it decided to take a peek upwards at its photographer!

 

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….and oops…going…

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…going…

 

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…gulp ..gasp….splash.

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….gone”

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