Ardith Bondi's Gallery

This Ring-billed Gull  landed not

too far from me and started to

cough. I noticed that he had a

pretty thick neck. Another gull

flew at him, and he stopped. He

started to walk off, and when the

coast seemed clear, he began

coughing again. Then I realized

he was trying to bring up a fish.

Now he's gotten serious about it.   

The fish is pretty stuck down

there...     

This is not easy!     

Definite progress. We can see

the whole tail...    

And more...      

And more...     

The fish is almost out...     

Here it comes...      

Relief!     

He reaches to pick it up when...     

The aggressor is back! But, he

still has hold of his fish.      

He holds the fish in his bill and

takes off with the thief in hot

pursuit.

Ring-billed gull coughs up a fish

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