Saturday 26 March 2016

Injured Iceland Gull

Sadly the juvenile Iceland Gull that has been visiting Shawell recently has broken one of its wings and is unable to fly. The break looks very serious, so its chances don't look good. I tried to approach it but it took to the water and paddled off. Such a shame, but I guess that's life. I have no idea how it happened, but it must have happened at the lagoons, as there is no way it can fly.

Iceland Gull with a Broken Wing, Shawell A5 Lagoons, 26/03/16
Update: Several attempts have now been made to take it into care, but all have failed as it escapes on to the water. If it survives another attempt may be made with the aid of a boat on Wednesday.

It was captured on Wednesday but the vet who inspected it decided the injury was too severe, so sadly it was "put to sleep". Not a great end to its life, but at least it didn't suffer a slow death through starvation.


  1. What a shame mate, its a pity it can't be caught it would have better chance. you will have to get your inflatable out mate...........hahaha

  2. We have made a couple of land based attempts to catch it, but it just slips on to the water, so yes a boat is needed.