Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphas columba) calling for its mate at entrance to the nesting site. The nest was approximately 10 meters above sea level on a rock outcropping that was detached from the mainland with its base in the intertidal zone.
Nine Pigeon Guillemots (Cepphas columba) rafting just off the beach.
Two Pigeon Guillemots (Cepphas columba) at nest site.
Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphas columba) at entrance to nesting site.
Two Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphas columba) at nesting site.
Two Pigeon Guillemots (Cepphas columba) at nest site (one bird is behind the other)
A male and a femail Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphas columba) at nest.
Two Pigeon Guillemots (Cepphas columba) at nest. The bird on the left has just returned to the site.
A Pacific Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina) uses its upper body strength to pull itself up onto the hauling grounds. Whodathunk?
The story begins with two key players: first, a very young Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) that has not yet developed the ability to fly.
The story begins with two key players: second, we have an adult Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) keeping a close eye on the territory.
The attack sequence begins as an adult Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) grabs the juvenile by the wing in the intertidal zone.
The attack continues as the adult repeatedly bites the young gull and tries to hold its head underwater.
The attack continues...
Here the adult Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) grabs the juvenile by the head and tries to drown it.
Biting the neck, head held down underwater.
The juvenile escapes, but not for long.
Close look at adult holding juvenile gull's head underwater.
Wounded young gull sits on a rock after its mother chased away the attacker.
Mother and wounded juvenile swim together after the attack.