When I came across this melee of seabirds, just off the East Pier in Scarborough, I was a bit confused at first about what was going on!
There were large numbers of juvenile Herring gulls taking off and landing in the water. What were they doing?
After a while, I realised that there were a few gannets feeding, and the gulls were following them and trying to get some fish!
There were four gannets, two adults and two brown juveniles. Maybe a family?
The gannets were of course diving into the sea to catch fish (which the herring gulls were not capable of).
However, it did not stop the young Herring gulls having a go! This one (below) has its head in the water!
There were not many adult Herring gulls in this flock. They probably knew it was a waste of time! But there were some Black-headed gulls which appeared to be having some success. A first winter juvenile and an adult (below).
There were also some guillemots and razorbills hanging around hoping for some spilt fish!
The mixed flock was moving, but eventually I managed to photograph the gannets at the centre of the action.
How successful the Herring gulls were, is hard to say. Maybe this was a learning experience, a lesson for them? There seem to be a large number of juveniles around this year in Scarborough. Their parents had a good lockdown! Undisturbed by the council, but a bit short of pickings during the first lockdown.
Nevertheless, it was fun to see and photograph this behaviour and it made me think about how birds interact with each other.