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Going going gone

Observed: 10th October 2012 By: chrisbrooks
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Herring Gull
Herring Gull
Herring Gull
Description:

It was fascinating watching this Herring Gull eating a flatfish. It was pecking away at it for about 15 minutes, it eventually gave up and just swallowed it whole.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) interacts

Comments

nightfly's picture

Brilliant pics Chris, that

Brilliant pics Chris, that fish looked delicious.

Cathal.

chrisbrooks's picture

Fish

Thanks Cathal, any idea what the fish is ?

nightfly's picture

My money would be on flounder

My money would be on flounder too as Simon says below but in the state it is in and at that distance it could just as easily be a plaice or dab. It definitely has a floundery look to it. They tend to inhabit really shallow water on beaches, in by far the greatest densities in my experience, but other beaches may see more plaice or dab in really close than I know about. I wonder did the gull actually catch it or just scavange it. Maybe the latter.

Cathal.

chrisbrooks's picture

Commotion

The misses saw a commotion in the water and drew my attention to it, I think it actually caught it, the water was just knee high to a gull and it appeared alive to start with.

nightfly's picture

If it actually predated a

If it actually predated a flatty in an inch or 2 of water I'd say its most likely to be a flounder Chris, they tend to be the flatties that you see dashing off as you go for a paddle, you can catch them underfoot IF you dont jump from the fright, think its called treading flounders- people actually did that to get fish for the plate.

Cathal.

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Chris I had been focusing on

Chris I had been focusing on the view of the white bottom of the fish. In the first pic what can be seen of its colouration (which I dont think is totally obscured by sand) and the dove tail shape of the tail look very flounder like. The views in both pics are limited but looks like a flounder. The drab brown is typical of a flounder.

Cathal.

Simon Walker's picture

Isn't it interesting?

Hi Chris,
Fascinating shots. perhaps someone can identify the fish - it looks a bit like a flounder, from the shape of the fins, but I wouldn't put cash on it. If only the bird had turned it round ;-). I don't think it's a Dover Sole, a Turbot or a Megrim.

Regards

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Fish

Hi Simon, yep if only the gull had been kind enough to show the upper side, how it fitted it all down in one go I don't know but it did.

Simon Walker's picture

And I suppose...

...a fair bit of that sand went with it. It's bad enough when you get the stuff in your sandwiches, but this much is beyond the joke!

Regards