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SwoopingIn | by AR McLin
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A young gull flies in for a landing. This particular bird hung around in Seattle's Gas Works Park, and whenever someone would come over and sit down, it would fly in to investigate. If the newcomers had food, the bird would land a short distance away and wait for the people to finish eating. Once they'd cleared the area sufficiently (gotten about 6-10 feet away), the gull would dart in to pick up any scraps that had been dropped. He'd then fly off and wait for the next person/people to show up. Despite being a juvenile, it seemed to have this all worked out - the bird even understood that lunchboxes left behind temporarily might have more food in them, and tried to peck them open while their owners were away.

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Taken on November 10, 2010