Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Dawlish Tug-O-War

On a walk along Dawlish Warren, our attention was grabbed by a furious growling and splashing down at the tideline. On investigating we were amazed to find a full scale tug-o-war competition going on between a Great Black-backed Gull and a Cormorant over a fair-sized Flounder. It looked as though the Cormorant had caught it near the shore and as it was a fair size, it had been trying to swallow it. The gull, seeing an opportunity for a quick meal grabbed the tail and while we stood and gaped at the sight, it dragged both the fish and the protesting Cormorant out of the water. Eventually the Cormorant relinquished its grasp on the Flounder and went off to sulk, leaving the gull to eat his stolen meal.


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