One of the gulls on the nearest rock was showing off, repeatedly opening his mouth wide as if to screech, but soundlessly, unless his call was beyond human ears' reach. The others didn't seem too impressed.
Our guide explained that this is courtship behaviour. I Googled it and found no more info, so I'll have to translate the proceedings as best I can.
|"Check out my tonsils!"|
|"Good one, eh?"|
|"He actually thinks he's funny," says gull 2.|
|"Hee, hee, hee! Chortle!"|
|Face palms, gull style. At least the clown is happy. And silent.|
Far below us, in the water, seals were swimming, birds were diving. We left the blind and went on down the trail.
(3rd in a series of 9 Mitlenatch Island posts. #1, #2, #3, #4. #5. #6, #7, #8)