Herring Gull – Grabbing a Bite

Grabbing a Bite

     Grabbing a bite, this Herring Gull [Larus argentatus] had just snagged a spawned salmon and was downing it in mid-flight.   It was quite an acrobatic feat as the bird came in low over the water and plucked the unlucky fish from the surface.   What surprised me most was that while flying, the gull swallowed the fish, probably to avoid being harassed by other gulls to give up its catch.  

~ Anecdote and Herring Gull capture, Grabbing a Bite © Jerry L. Ferrara