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happy_peasant Mar 6, 2007 2:05 PM

So yesterday I made two posts,one with ice and another with a gull. I went back to the lake today at several locations. Got a fair number of flight pictures which I may make another post about. The ice was sort of a bust as it was gloomy and the changing lake conditions brought in all kinds of scummy ice. I did find this interesting gull shot though. Poor guy. I may go back and feed him later. Click on him to see larger version.


http://farm1.static.flickr.com/123/4...1adcb9.jpg?v=0

sandybhale Mar 6, 2007 2:21 PM

Steve,

My heart goes to this poor chap, thats quite a tragedy for him. Will he be able to get back and fly, steve. Just curious.

Its great thing that you are going back to feed him.

Thanks for sharing,

sandeep

happy_peasant Mar 6, 2007 2:59 PM

sandybhale wrote:
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Steve,

Will he be able to get back and fly, steve. Just curious.


Actually, he did fly although not as well as he could have. I was about a half mile from the area they rest at and he must have come at least that far. He is at a disadvantage though, and if the ice does not come off soon he may well have a problem.

rafinmelb Mar 6, 2007 4:00 PM

An amazing shot. Thanks for sharing this. I have never felt sorry for gulls, considering them the rats of the air, but this really tugged the heart strings.

annie57 Mar 6, 2007 6:41 PM

Wow, what an interesting shot and I feel sorry for the little guy as well!! Sure hope he will be okay!!!

bayourebel Mar 6, 2007 7:48 PM

Wow, Steve. What an unusual photo. Wonder how this happened to him and is it a more common occurrence than we realize.

Idle Mar 6, 2007 10:21 PM

Don't know about the drooping feathers, but one-legged gulls are not uncommon.

A gull's leg in the water looks a tempting morsel to a hungry fish or eel.

happy_peasant Mar 6, 2007 10:25 PM

Idle wrote:
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Don't know about the drooping feathers, but one-legged gulls are not uncommon.

A gull's leg in the water looks a tempting morsel to a hungry fish or eel.
If you look through my flickr albums you will see a lot of gulls with only one visible leg. Around here though, instead of meaning it was tasty it means one leg is tucked up in the feathers because of cold.

happy_peasant Mar 6, 2007 10:41 PM

bayourebel wrote:
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Wow, Steve. What an unusual photo. Wonder how this happened to him and is it a more common occurrence than we realize.
Well, about half the flock of a few hundred gulls at my usual spot did not get off the slush today to come eat. And half a thousand stayed there at the harbor. Having said that, I doubt they were all stuck or the lake would be paved with dead birds come thaw.

Not a good picture, but shoreline is probably by that bit of darkish in the center left of picture. When I took ice pictures yesterday it was clear water a bit beyond that point. Today it looks like this, with all the grayish stuff that looks like choppy water a mass of ice cubes a up to a foot or so across just sliding around in the surf. The gulls sit on that sort of garbage down the beach aways where there is a pier to cut the chop, so I can see how they can get iced up. (click it for large and extremely cold looking version.)

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/177/4...7a13a7.jpg?v=0

happy_peasant Mar 6, 2007 11:10 PM

somehow that last one posted twice. ignore this. it is nothing.


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