Osprey vs. Gull – Another Round in a Constant Battle

One morning I was photographing terns and Laughing Gulls on the creek side of Red River Beach.

It was one of those quiet mornings, just me and the birds.


When all of a sudden I heard a loud ruckus in the air overhead.

Tipping my camera skyward, I wondered if I could catch a glimpse of what it was.

Aha! A young osprey, his talons clutching a fresh catch, streaked across the sky above me…


With a Black-backed Gull, in hot pursuit!

They made a few passes, screaming challenges back and forth.

Until I heard the fish fall with a great plop! in the grass.

The osprey flew off, all was quiet.

And guess who won?


Proud of his spoils yet aware of other competitors nearby, the gull quickly disposed of it, head first.

With supreme satisfaction.


And so ended another chapter in the eternal battle between these two great Fishing Kings with the Gull, the victor.

This time.   😉

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The Gull-Herring Saga Continues at Red River

Ever since my visit to the Brewster herring run I’ve had my eye out for “gull gatherings” at our local runs.

The other morning as I was driving by my home beach I heard the gulls overhead, and out of the corner of my eye I thought I saw flashes of sunlit wings up the tiny Red River creek.


Sure enough, the herring were running and the gulls were arriving for breakfast.


Lining up, to wait.


Now years ago, our tiny herring run at Red River had posted the same “No Fishing” signs as the Brewster run.


But you can’t tell the gulls that.


They wait all year for the herring…


As sure as some wait for that first basket of fish ‘n chips at our local clam shacks here on the Cape.

Herring gulls will always be the surest signposts telling us where and when the fish are running.


Order UP!  😉