I watched this gull for about an hour trying to get a meal out of this large eel. I didn’t see the beginning of the encounter but my guess is that the eel was already dead when the gull found it. It was quite comical watching the gull trying, unsuccessfully, to swallow it whole and it eventually gave up.
The performance attracted the attention of some little egrets and when the gull eventually abandoned the eel the egrets moved in to take a closer look. They examined it visually for about a minute but made no attempt to eat eat it and soon moved off.