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Jun 13, 2017

Squabble above the Aral Sea...

Photo: Shamil Zhumatov
Fishing rights seem in dispute in Kazakhstan
A blacked-headed Pallas Gull (Icthyaetus icthyaetus), with a fish in its bill, is mobbed by smaller gulls outside the village of Karateren, Kazakhstan.   Did the Pallas Gull steal the fish from the smaller gulls or are the smaller gulls trying to rob the bigger gull of its catch?   The small village of Karateren was once dominated by fishermen until the waters receded due to the rivers that fed it being diverted for desert irrigation.   A dam project has now returned some of the water supply, and fishing, back to the village.
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