Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Iceland Gull revisited

A quick walk up Arthur's Seat yesterday lunchtime conveniently took in Dunsapie Loch for another look at its Arctic resident. According to BirdGuides, there were seven Iceland Gulls seen around the country yesterday but I am sure none of the others were quite as angelic as this one...


I had been worried earlier in the month that this youngster was having trouble holding its own against the other gulls in the daily scrap for bread. Looking at it now, it clearly is not going short - its waistline seems to have increased several sizes in a few weeks.

This is probably down to its new found aggressive feeding technique where it harries and harasses other smaller gulls until they drop their morsel for the Iceland Gull retrieve. A skua-like tactic that is clearly paying off.

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