PHOTOCONTEST – for Oct. 18, 2010

Attracted to fine dining on grasshoppers, flying gulls form a halo around a combine operated by Carman Bodie. Bodie is harvesting small red lentils on the Bodie family farm, northwest of Mazenod, Sask. This photo was taken on August 25, 2010, just a few days before the rains and hail came to interrupt a bountiful harvest in this area of the province.

Allan Liggins, who took the photo, adds that “It almost seems that the gulls have planned their flight pattern purposely to highlight the huge red harvesting machine. Sixty-five years ago, when Liggins was a young lad and lived a mile south of this location, hundreds of gulls followed every tillage machine that worked in the fields. About 30 years ago, the gulls seemed to have disappeared, but in more recent years, the gulls have returned.” “It is a great pleasure to see them again, as they rid the fields of harmful insects,” Liggins says.

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