A rare white morph Southern Giant Petrel fights with another, more common dark morph. The bloody heads? Not from fighting, but from feeding. On a dead elephant seal on the beach.
Nature Red and Bloody
Beak fights beak, wings out for leverage.
Blood and Beaks
Gruesome and Compelling
Beaks clamped together--who will quit first?
A Spectator Sport
Other petrels gather round the fight. Ringside seats.
White v. Black
The dark one wins!
Breast to breast.
How the Head Gets Bloody
A feeding petrel crams its head in an elephant seal on the beach.
All blood and guts--except for the glare of the crazed eye!
Southern Giant PetrelMaquarie Island