Juvenile Common Gull and Crow hoping to partake of fragments from Heron's successful fishing activities. The small flatfish the Heron had caught presented no problem for it to consume but quite often, having caught a larger fish, they will dismember them before consuming and this is the time that Crows and Gulls get a chance to partake. Also when the Heron has a crop full of fish and is flying back to feed its young at the heronry, Gulls and Crows will attack it in flight in an attempt to make it disgorge the contents of its crop. It is quite usual to see half a dozen Heron here at Campfield Marsh, fishing the high tide when there are numerous flounders coming in to feed over the sands in shallow water.
Heron fishing with ever watchful Crow and Gull present.
Undaunted, fishing continues.
A movement has been spotted.
Gull anticipating a meal.
The question is, how to manage it without putting it down.
Profile of catch