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A Gull Hunts an Auklet (3/6)

By Gregg Thompson

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Photographer Gregg Thompson witnessed a hybrid Glaucous-winged Gull attack a Rhinoceros Auklet. This species of gull is omnivorous, eating a variety of food from fish, molluscs, and crustaceans to birds as large as Rock Pigeons. This gull killed the auklet, but left it for dead (as seen in Image 6)--perhaps it proved to be too large.

Note that the dark primary tips (darker than its mantle/back) indicates that this gull is a hybrid with the closely related Western Gull.

See the dramatic series:    

IMAGE 1    IMAGE 2    IMAGE 3    IMAGE 4    IMAGE 5    IMAGE 6


BirdNote shows that feature Glaucous-winged Gulls and Rhinoceros Auklets.