Every cloud…

10th June 2012, Sunday

The extremely windy weather of the last few days has washed up tens of thousands of common starfish along the shore. This is providing easy pickings for the large gulls that can pull them to pieces and swallow them. This could benefit the other seabirds if it reduces the large gull appetite for eggs and chicks, but the little terns are not taking any chances and chase all the big gulls away from their colony…
herring gull with starfish
great black-backed gull being chased away by little tern