One particular Pacific Gull put on a wonderful show for us. He/she would fly out to a partially submerged reef and collect a large periwinkle, then carry it back to shore, rise up on the wind, then drop it to smash on the rock platform below. He/she did this about six times and there was a distinct pattern that ran; collect periwinkle, fly to shore and drop it on rock platform, eat contents, wash bill in shallow pool, return to reef for another periwinkle.
|Collecting periwinkle from partially submerged reef.|
|Collecting the periwinkle had to be timed between waves|
|Pacific Gull and periwinkle|
|Dropping the periwinkle .....|
|that sometimes required a second drop to break the shell|
|Eating one of the six or more periwinkles .....|
|followed by a good face wash before flying off for another periwinkle.|