Monday, 17 December 2018

Cormorants vs Black-headed Gulls

Cormorants vs Black-headed Gulls
A regular sight now that can be seen on the lakes of the parkland where I walk.
Cormorants fish in groups and continually dive and return to the surface with various fish or even eels. The Black-headed Gulls know this and have learned to follow and hover over the Cormorants waiting for them to surface. At which point the gulls swoop down and try to grab anything available, either food that the Cormorant has let go or even from their beaks. The gulls will also dive into the water to catch anything loose.

I took these long range shots just before dusk one day last week.

Imaginatively, similarities can be considered here of a sea battle in nature, the analogy of Gulls diving on Cormorants could be like a squadron of aircraft attacking a flotilla of Submarines, but then that would be silly.


  1. They've been learning from their cousins at the seaside...those dreaded fish and chip snatchers!...[;o)

    1. Yes Trevor they are the real experts, those chip snatchers.

  2. Especially the last photo is very beautiful!


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