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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.
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