Seagulls are predators and thieves. There was a time when a day at the seaside involved sitting outside enjoying the sun, quietly minding one’s own business, and enjoying an ice cream or fish and chips. Not any longer. Seaside towns are fast becoming battle grounds with aggressive Herring Gulls swooping down on unsuspecting tourists and stealing the food off their plates or out of their hands. The scenes are reminiscent of Hitchcock’s film ‘The Birds’.
We returned to the East beach Cafe in Littlehampton for lunch last week (wisely eating lunch inside). We had a window seat and watched a couple outside being closely monitored by a squadron of birds with my Canon G10 parked on the edge of the table and a finger resting on the shutter button. An aerial assault looked very likely but I suspect there was not much food on offer. Finally when the crumbs from the table were eventually scattered they were pounced on rapidly.