I have seen gulls swimming on the surface of the sea and feeding, I have seen them flying over an area and diving down to catch prey. I have seen a flock in a feeding frenzy on a school of fish close to the surface. I have seen them picking up scraps at rubbish bins placed along the beachfront. Now I have seen them employ a rather unique method to secure food.
This Common Black-headed Gull was in a shallow pool on the beach. It would carry out a tap dance, which I think was to disturb the sand and flush out prey items.
Keeping a sharp eye out, when something broke cover it was quick to lunge forward and catch it.
Here it is rewarded with a tiny morsel of something to eat.
In another pool nearby I came across a Slender-billed Gull employing the same tactics.
First up the tap dance.
A rapid strike when a prey item appeared
Quick as a flash the morsel disappeared into the gullet.