A photographer has caught on camera the incredible moment a seagull kills and eats a three-inch rat whole.
The photos show the bird picking the rodent up with its beak, before proceeding to swallow it in its entirety in one go.
Taken as the seagull is perched on a ledge, the images have captured both the primal savagery and casualness with which the bird devours its food. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. The seagull is photographed picking up and then swallowing the entire three-inch rat in one go.
2. The stomach-churning photographs come just days after another set of images showed a killer seagull eating a smaller bird.
The incredible pictures come just days after images of a killer seagull eating a smaller bird went viral.
The predatory bird was spotted swooping in on the much smaller starling, which had been tending to a nest it had built for its chicks on a rooftop in Glasgow.
Smashing the smaller bird against the roof tiles, the seagull threw it up by its legs before swallowing it whole in front of its terrified chicks.
3. After killing the rat, the seagull holds it by the head with its beak before devouring it whole.
4. Without as much as chewing, the predatory bird has the rat’s tail hanging from its mouth while swallowing its body.
The grisly encounter in Glasgow was filmed by Dougie McColl who explained that the predatory seagull was “as large as an eagle” and added:
The poor starling chicks were forced to look on as the gull ate their mother in front of them, repeatedly smashing the poor bird’s body against the roof tiles to break its bones before gulping it down.
The gull hangs out the back of our house all the time is pretty formidable. It stays close to the nests that the starlings build as its easy to feed on the unaware parents and chicks and then take the scraps it requires.
5. Taken as the bird balances on a ledge, the images show both the primal savagery and casualness with which the gull devours its food.
6. This seagull was caught on camera eating a smaller bird earlier this month.
McColl added that he’d seen other birds behaving in a similar way near his home, but had never seen them act quite so viciously before.
Gulls typically feed on small crustaceans and fish, but some species will eat anything that is of suitable size.
They often rummage through discarded food and litter around the coast, while some travel some way inland to forage.
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