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Gull VS Rabbit

By sferguk
I paid a visit to Skomer on Saturday hoping to bag a Puffin or two (which I did, pics to follow). While waiting for the boat to take us back to the mainland. I heard a commotion on the cliffs above us only to see a Black-backed Gull savagely attacking a Rabbit. I quickly unpacked my gear and took a few hurried shots of the final struggle. The gull pecked at the rabbit and then picked it up in its beak and flew a few metres off the cliff face and then dropped the rabbit into the sea diving steeply after it.
This unfortunately spelt the end for the rabbit and a well earned meal for the Gull. This sort of thing happens daily on Skomer and mostly at night when 165000 Manx-shearwater returning to feed their young provide further meals for these Black-backed Gulls. (I have uploaded these images just for interest value only so feel free to comment accordingly)I tried placing the photos all in a row with text underneath but the pics came out to small with the 500pix limit so decided on this display...

Tags: Skomer gull rabbit blackbacked Wildlife and nature

Voters: Blenkinsopp, kaybee, adderman and 8 more

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Blenkinsopp 14 320 4 England
12 Jun 2006 11:43PM
interesting and well caught action
- IMHO the montage is a bit top heavy - think it would be more balanced with the single image on the top
kaybee 16 7.4k 26 Scotland
12 Jun 2006 11:44PM
Nature at what some people may call its most ugly.
I never realised that gulls would go for rabbits
adderman 14 8 1
12 Jun 2006 11:47PM
Wonderful capture in nature, no matter how cruel it may seem it's the way of the natural world. Something good may come of it, it's burrow maybe left vacant for a Puffin..! As for the Montage well I would go for all three in a line with text underneath. Action sequence. Thanks very much for sharing and look forward to future postings.

Toppix 15 56 1 England
13 Jun 2006 12:04AM
It is certainly interesting to share this capture. I would agree with Brett if this were to be mounted on a wall but with the limitation of 1000px wide, that would mean very little detail on each shot.
That in mind I would say 1 top 2 bottom.
irweazel 14 167 England
13 Jun 2006 1:11AM
taken in a hurry - they look great
Newtman 14 2 5
13 Jun 2006 2:30AM
Great series - well captured.
zaphod 16 13
13 Jun 2006 11:10AM
What a fantastic capture of animal behaviour.
I am going here tomorrow, i just hope i manage to get some shots half as good as this.
Velaruk 15
14 Jun 2006 6:13AM
Wow, nice work on these - well done on managing to capture this incident!
CaroleA 14 5 3 England
14 Jun 2006 9:13AM
You did well to capture this - especially since you had to unpack your gear as well.

I think I agree about the top-heaviness of the the composition - but a cracking set of three nonetheless.

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