Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Scavenging Herring Gull

Just up the road a herring gull has found a rubbish bag.
Its shark beak makes short work of the flimsy black bag

Herring gulls get a lot of bad press for doing exactly this, but they are natural scavengers and showing  intelligence and adaptability.

So what are they doing in our towns and cities. Well, due to the overfishing and other damage we are dong to the oceans that are finding alternative food sources. You may be surprised to know that this species is doing so badly in the UK it now has red threatened status.

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