Battle in the Surf

Equipment Info
Canon Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
9965784/1000000 sec. / ISO 250
Nearest Area
Cannon Beach
Cannon Beach
Brief Directions
Off of Hwy 101
1/1000 sec. f/5.6 400mm Canon EOS 5D Mark IV ISO 250
WOW! That is all I have to say about this experience. The battle between this Western Seagull and a Dungeness Crab was incredible. I must admit, I have always thought of seagulls as a scavenger bird, and they are, but I had no idea what they are actually capable of when hunting and capturing live prey. My childhood is filled with memories of seagulls constantly trying to take your food as you sat on the beach. But this experience was much different, I watched this Western Gull walk out into chest deep water and grab this Dungeness Crab. The whole time ensuring that its wings never touched the water. The seagull was able to drag this crab back to shore while being hit with the incoming waves and avoiding the continuous grabbing and pinching of the crab. I was very impressed. Of course, shortly after he got the crab to shore, another seagull came over and tried to steal it.
Date Added
August 10, 2019
Date Taken
August 16, 2017