Scene of the initial 'base jump'. It's a tall house!
After a week...very cute indeed!
After four weeks, um, not quite so cute now.
Last Wednesday and the young gull is now about eleven weeks old and quite independent
although not adverse to a free meal if she can get it!
The male gull is an absolute brute of a bird with a very fierce look about him and very unusual plumage. His mantle feathers look almost wet all the time because they have dark markings on them. I thought it was something to do with moulting at first but he always looks like this, it hasn't changed. I don't recall seeing any other gulls like it.
The young gull eventually developed into a very pretty individual with a small cute head which leads me to believe it's a female. Although some people ( unfortunately, probably many more than a few) would not thank me in the slightest for saving her life, thus ensuring another 'winged rat' is at large, I'm pleased I did. It was a pleasure...Not sure I'll miss the sight that greeted me most mornings when I opened the back door though...
...the doting mummy.. fully loaded and ready to attack!