What’s it like to be the subject of an angry gull? These images and sound recording were made in the gull colony of Texel, The Netherlands while researchers performed brief nest inspections. During these activities, adult European Herring Gulls Larus argentatus argenteus attacked them from the air in an effort to defend their nest.
Recording of male Herring Gull Green M.ANH while attacking from the air. The sonogram clearly shows when he comes in low over my head. In the background, other Herring Gulls can be heard making alarm calls (kek-kek-kek’s) and long-calls. Texel, The Netherlands, 3 May 2013.
Note: in no way am I condoning disturbing breeding birds. The observations were made under the supervision of an experienced researcher and the nest inspection lasted only a few minutes after which the birds immediately returned to their nest and continued breeding.