Cornwall birds – Herring Gull catching a Mackerel in Falmouth Harbour

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Herring Gulls have been attracted to shoals of Mackerel (Scomber scombrus) feeding on whitebait in Falmouth harbour in recent weeks. The gulls normally sit on the water in the midst of the feeding frenzy picking off any whitebait forced on to the surface by the Mackerel. On this occasion a Herring Gull got really lucky and managed to seize a Mackerel and take it ashore.

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