Thursday, 24 October 2013

A Survivor

A Survivor
One-legged Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis

    Gulls in general are survivors and have adapted to anthropogenic incursion into their world. It seems that parking lots have become one of their favourite habitats.
    Today, amid the normal throng of Ring-billed Gulls, I saw this one legged individual. Other than missing a leg, it seemed healthy and combative and held its own in the struggle to snatch bits of bread dispensed by humans.
    Unlike us, injured birds have no option but to survive as best they can, in a world which confers no favours, and I confess to a surge of admiration for this disadvantaged gull. I hope it will secure a mate and breed next spring.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful portraits of the seagull in the first 2 photos David :-)