Larus argentatus argentatus
Second calendar year
27 September 2006
Skogsöy, Öygarden, Hordaland, Norway
Second winter Herring Gull carrying pipefish, probably Snake Pipefish Entelurus aequoreus. During the last couple of years pelagic pipefish seems to have increased dramaticly in the North Sea and along the Norwegian west coast, creating problems for breeding gulls that attempt to feed their young with this difficult-to-handle prey item.