Gull Bites Off More than He Can Chew

While I was walking to the Port Orchard Public Dock to look for Horned Grebes, a gentleman, seeing the large camera around my neck, said, “You’ve got to get a picture of a seagull with a huge starfish in his mouth.” Naturally, I couldn’t resist the chance for any kind of good shot.

It was, to say the least, quite amazing.

Unfortunately, it was so close that I could not manage to fit the whole bird in the frame.

Gull with starfish

A little maneuvering, though, allowed me to show just how content the bird seemed with a starfish crammed in his throat,

Gull with starfish

no matter how uncomfortable that seemed to me.

I thought I’d finished taking shots and headed down the dock, only to meet the bird a little later, with the starfish folded in half and so far down his throat that there was

Gull with starfish

a clear bulge in the back of his neck.

If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, I’m not sure I would have believed it.

6 thoughts on “Gull Bites Off More than He Can Chew”

  1. Can’t help wondering if the starfish is still alive and hanging on with the suckers on the under side of its “limbs.”

    Incredible pictures.

  2. This is one for National Geographic.
    Like golf, the more you practice the luckier you get. You certainly were in the right place at the right time.

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