The mystery of the seagull.

This is Loch Ewe as seen from Kirkhill House this morning. You can see it's low tide, you can see the south westerly corner of (green) Isle of Ewe and on the far side of the loch, that's the 'village' of Naast. You may also be able to see a white dot floating on the water. That's a common gull as identified through my binoculars. What you won't be able to see unless you have some kind of high magnification device is the raft of perhaps fifty eider ducks distributed all around the seagull, 'ducking' and diving to the seabed for their diet of small fish, crabs etc.

Why, I asked myself, was that one seagull apparently living with all the eiders? Could it possibly imagine itself as one of them? If so it must have been astonished when its brothers and sisters disappeared beneath the surface - a place, of course, no gull can go.

Then I saw what may be the answer. One of the ducks hurried to the side of the gull, touching beak to beak. Could it have been transferring food? If so, why?

Third question: is that seagull our Sammy?   

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