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Award for picture of gull feeding
Seagulls feeding (picture by Dr Barry Yates)
Dr Barry Yates was praised for showing the birds' social behaviour
A nature reserve manager who took a photograph capturing the moment when a young seagull was fed by its parent has won an award for the picture.

Dr Barry Yates, manager of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, was praised for being able to capture the social behaviour of the sea birds.

He said that just taking the picture was "thrilling in itself" but winning a competition was "icing on the cake".

His pictures will be on display in an exhibition in Rye next May.

Dr Yates won the category for Best Digiscoping - a photographic technique which uses a digital camera through a telescope - in the Bird Photographer of the Year competition run by British Birds magazine.

Councillor Matthew Lock, of East Sussex County Council, said Dr Yates's work provided "a wonderful record of the huge variety of wildlife at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve".

The winning picture showed a young Mediterranean Gull being fed.

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