Photo of the Day: Gulls fight over fish

by John Briggs on May 13, 2010

in Bird Photographs, Blog, Photo of the Day, Wildlife

Welcome to the first installment of the Birding in Maine Photo of the Day. Occasionally, I will post a bird (or other wildlife) photo that I feel stands out from the other photos that I take.  Accompanying each photo will be a short description. As always, comments and criticisms are greatly appreciated.

Gulls fight over alewife

Gulls fight over alewife | Click thumbnail for full-size view

The Osprey action was slow this morning at Damariscotta Mills. I saw a total of four Osprey and only one dove for a fish. Several lobstermen complained that the water is still to cool for the alewives to run in large numbers. Not to be one to fret over a wasted trip, I took a walk looking for something to satisfy my shutter finger. While near the fish ladders, I heard a commotion. A Herring Gull caught an alewife and the rush was on to see who could steal the fish and get away with it.

Happy birding!



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