Eel For Breakfast

The cacophony of squawks and the splash caught my attention.  Normally photographing Gulls are not high on my priority list.  They are so common, a pest and sometimes even disgusting in what they eat that I tend to forgo adding any more of their images to my hard drive.  But on this morning I was in for a treat which I did not fully discover until on the computer screen later that evening.

This seemed interesting – fighting over something in the water.

Although blurry on this shot, I noticed one bird flying away with something and decided to focus and follow that bird.

My first thought was seaweed – but thought that a bit strange.  Why seaweed?

Zooming in later on the computer I started to doubt my first assumption.

Observing multiple images in sequence, I noticed that the bottom end of the dangling “seaweed” twisted up in multiple directions – like it was alive.  Gasp!

My best guess was an Eel was being plucked up from the Morro Bay shallow mud flats for a tasty breakfast.  I later did some research and found that Eels are actually harvested inside and outside the bay by humans.

Four minutes later (according to time stamp on photos) I again notice Gulls frolicking in the shallow water.  Again – look what they are playing with (fighting over?)

Full gallery of full size photos can be seen here: http://www.creatorspalette.com/Our-World/Critters/Birds/Gulls/Western-Gull-Eel/

Photos were taken Monday morning 2/19/20017 from the Morro Coast Audubon Society Sweet Springs Nature Preserve – Baywood Park/Los Osos.

About Ron Ludekens

God created a marvelous world full of wonderful sights and people. He is the Creator and it is His Palette of beauty that Ron Ludekens tries to capture as photographic images. Images of nature or images of people and their lives - both reflect the handiwork of the Creator. Ron is a photographer living in Visalia, California - part of the great Central Valley. He is immediately surrounded by agriculture and all the hard working people that feed our world. A short distance away are the grand Sierra Nevada mountains, impressive National Parks and, wider still, the vast diversity that California has to offer. Ron is one of the family owners of the L.E. Cooke Co Wholesale Nursery - a leader in the horticulture industry of North America. Even on the job, his camera is always near by. His photos for the nursery trade have been published in print and around the websites of nurseries across America. Ron is also a leader in his church and its missions. Ron's photography has been a resource the church uses in its communications and message. Plus photos of all the fun things we do are shared among members and friends. Ron also loves capturing precious moments in lives of people. Weddings, senior portraits, graduations, family gatherings, maternity and special events. Ron will not shoot more than four weddings a year to provide the attention to detail and followup that is required for such an important milestone event in the lives of the couple. Ron can be reached at 559-732-7165 or cell 559-967-5370.
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4 Responses to Eel For Breakfast

  1. Barbara Fulmer says:

    Stunning photos, Ron! Thanks so much for sharing!!

    Sent from my iPad

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  2. Gary Kunkel says:

    Great photos and story Ron!

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