A Gull Feeding Frenzy

On Saturday evening I was once again at Iona Beach and while scanning the area between the south and north jetty got to witness quite a few gulls feeding on flying termites. When I first arrived on scene there were just a couple of Ring-billed Gulls hanging about and no sign of termites but after twenty or so minutes the flying insects started emerging from the ground and the gulls quickly took notice. Within a matter of minutes gulls were flying in from all over the area and they hurriedly took to some pretty spectacular aerial acrobatics in the pursuit of their quarry.

The flock was mostly made up of Ring-billed Gulls and a couple of Glaucous-winged Gulls; two California Gulls also made an appearance. Besides the feeding frenzy the effect of the setting sun combined with the approaching rain clouds made for quite a picturesque scene.


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