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: https://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.