Puffin Muggin! Cheeky gull steals food straight from the mouth of a puffin in mid-air

 

Pic By Neo Ng/Caters News

Seagulls are known for targeting tourists to steal a snack but as these incredible pictures show, they’re also not afraid of stealing from puffins mid-flight. 

This cheeky black headed gull was spotted trying its luck during a mid-air battle on the Farne Islands National Nature Reserve off the Northumberland coast.

The brazen bird spotted the puffin with several fish in its mouth and immediately seized its opportunity for a free lunch – snatching the fish from the puffin.

Pic By Neo Ng/Caters News 

However, the gull managed to lose some of the catch in the scuffle and only managed to escape with one tiny fish.

The extraordinary moment was caught on camera by Neo Ng, a freelance photographer from Hong Kong.

He said: “This one an amazing moment.

Pic By Neo Ng/Caters News 

“The puffin was coming back from sea with a mouth full of fish.

“Usually a puffin would be able to escape because of their speed but this time the wind changed and it lost its momentum. That was the only reason I was able to get the shots.

“The gull was successful and managed to get away with a fish.”