One-Year Ago (04-February-2014) — Florida

Gone to See America 2014 Road Trip. Day 4: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Ringed-Billed Gull calling out like a wolf for its friends to join in harassing a Great Egret with a fish too big to swallow. Biolab Road in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). I came back to the same spot several hours later, and the Great Egret was still trying to swallow the fish. It finally got it part way down its neck, but then the Great Egret didn’t look like it could fly.

Ringed-Billed Gull Calling out like a Wolf for its Friends to Join in Harassing a Great Egret with a Fish too big to Swallow. Biolab Road, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). I came back to the same spot several hours later, and the Great Egret was still trying to swallow the fish. It finally got it part way down its neck, but then didn't look like it could fly. (David J Mathre)
Ringed-Billed Gull Calling out like a Wolf for its Friends to Join in Harassing a Great Egret with a Fish too big to Swallow.  (David J Mathre)

Author: David Mathre

I am a scientist by training (Eckerd College, BSc; Caltech, Ph.D.). I worked for 27 years as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry developing processes to manufacture medicines for human and animal health. I now spend my time as a photographer and world traveler. My interests in photography include the natural world, wildlife, landscapes, skyscapes, and seascapes. I have traveled to over 50 countries over the last 10 years, often on Semester at Sea voyages. While at home in New Jersey, I spend time on a home renovation project and expanding my wildflower garden/meadow.

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