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Friday, April 29, 2011

Gone Fishing!

Day 37/Year 2
I stopped off at the Herring Run in Weymouth this afternoon. There are over 100,000 herring making their way against the current on their way to Whitman's Pond to spawn. I blogged about this phenomena last year. Here is a link to that blog:
I got a shot of this one just after it jumped up the "hill". You can see the trail of water dripping off it's back fin.
I noticed a seagull perched on a nearby rock. I had a feeling it was going to "go fishing" so I got myself ready to catch the action with my camera. This happened in a matter of seconds!!

It was swallowed whole.............

Look at the size of his neck in the previous photograph as well as this one. Amazing!

Indigestion?............. I don't know what happened after this. The gull flew away and never returned. I actually was surprised to see this. I visit the Herring Run every Spring, and have never seen a gull do this before. I wonder why there are not more of them doing this because it was so easy.
It was just plain cool for me to be able to witness this act of nature.
The Specs:
All Nikon D90, 18-200 mm lens, ISO 200
Photo one: 1/160, f5.3, -1/3 ev
Photo two: 1/320, f4.8, -1/3 ev
Photo three: 1/1000, f5.6, -1/3 ev
Photo four: 1/800, f5.6, -1/3 ev
Photo five: 1/1000, f5.6, -1/3 ev


  1. This is an absolutely amazing post and the pictures of the gull seizing and swallowing the herring whole......Yowzah! Jeezum! Mon Dieu!

    Great series of photos Carol! You outdid yourself on this one!!!!!!! LOL!

  2. Great shots Carol! That seagull sure was fat after is afternoon snack. I'm surprised he could fly.

    I got a couple of OK shots...I'll send them to you.

  3. Thanks BNVT!!!!! That was my thought too when I saw that gull. Jeezum Crow!!!!!! :-)

  4. I love your shots Diane. Thanks for sending them. Your shots of them swimming up the hill came out nice and clear. Great job!!