Gulls & 'dropping' behaviour

Subject: Gulls & 'dropping' behaviour
From: "Martin O'Brien" <>
Date: Wed, 16 Oct 1996 11:06:50 -0812 (utc)
Katie Bertsche writes about gulls and their feeding behaviour.  I have the 
following, second-hand 
account to add to the list.

Some friends of mine recently (Sept. 1996) noted a Pacific Gull (Larus 
pacificus) at the seaside 
beach of Portsea near Port Phillip heads, Melbourne, Australia.  The gull had 
found an injured Little 
Penguin (Eudyptula minor) and was observed lifting it to a height of a few 
metres then _dropping_ the 
poor bird onto the rock platform.  This was done a few times before the gull 
carried the penguin away.  
I expressed my surprise at this event, as I would have thought a penguin _too 
heavy_ for a gull to lift, 
but I was assurred it happened.

I have not heard of Australian gulls attempting such feats before.
Martin O'Brien
Flora and Fauna Branch
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
4/250 Victoria Pde.,
GPO Box 41
East Melbourne,  3002
Tel: +61 3  9412 4273
Fax: +61 3 9412 4586

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