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2nd Place in the Many Birds Challenge in the Absolute Clarity Group

2nd Place in the Birds Category – Family – Laridae – Gulls Challenge in the Nature Photography Challenge Group

2nd Place in the Flocks of Birds Challenge in the World Wildlife Photography Group

2nd Place in the Sea Gulls Only Challenge in the Vision of Flight Photography Group

Featured in “Dimensions” December 2009
Featured in “Nature Photography Challenge” August 2011
Featured in “The Wonder of Wings” April 2014

RB “Featured Photography” December 22nd 2012

A huge flock of gulls dominate the beach and skies at Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, BC Canada during the herring spawn season when large volumes of herring eggs are washed ashore. There were places along the beach where this photograph was taken where the eggs were over a foot deep!

Each spring, from late February to early April, the Pacific Herring return to protected areas along the east coast of Vancouver Island to spawn. The females will lay up to 20,000 eggs, which are then fertilized. The eggs become very sticky on contact with water, and will attach themselves to whatever they touch. The event brings literally thousands of marine birds and mammals to feed on the bounty including a great number and variety of gulls, rafts of sea-ducks such as Scoters, Scaup, Long-tailed and Northern Pintail ducks, Bald Eagles,California and Steller’s Sea Lions and Harbour Seals.

Canon 40D
1/800sec f8 ISO 400

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  • annalisa bianchetti
    annalisa bianc...almost 5 years ago

    Wonderful !!!!!!

  • Thanks very much Annalisa!

    – Martin Smart

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 5 years ago

    Great shot! What a feast that must be for them, and what a sight!

  • It is an amazing sight to see so many thousands of gulls, ducks and other wildlife feeding on the eggs Trish. Thanks so much for your comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • leealanjudy
    leealanjudyalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful! So amazing!

  • Thank you very much for your comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • Olga Zvereva
    Olga Zverevaalmost 5 years ago

    Great shot, Martin!

  • Thanks so much Olga!

    – Martin Smart

  • Anne McKinnell
    Anne McKinnellalmost 5 years ago

    Wow, what a dynamic shot Martin!

  • Thank you very much Anne, appreciate your comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • Al Williscroft
    Al Williscroftalmost 5 years ago

    Great shot Martin!!

  • Thank you very much Al!

    – Martin Smart

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture. I love these kinds of catches. Splendid work.

  • Thank you so much Bunny, glad you like this one, I really appreciate your comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • Kimberly Chadwick
    Kimberly Chadwickalmost 5 years ago

    What a thrill! Coming from the desert, this is very aww inspiring honey! Great detail and closeups on all these guys! Instant fav for me….

  • Thank you very much Kimberly, appreciate your comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyalmost 5 years ago

  • Thank you so much Sharon!

    – Martin Smart

  • toriyule
    toriyulealmost 5 years ago

    excellent capture! very interesting too. Thanks for sharing!

  • Thank you very much Tori, appreciate your comments!

    – Martin Smart

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