It’s often illuminating and always a pleasure to read a comment that someone has left on one of my posts, explaining some puzzle or adding extra information. This has happened with regard to my post on our visit to Walton on the Naze on September 21st.
During that visit, we spotted a gull with a damaged leg who reminded us strongly of the gull we had observed in Whitby and whom we had named “LJ” for LongJohn. Like LJ, this gull had a damaged, largely useless, right leg and yet seemed to be thriving despite this obvious handicap.
We were there only for a short time so I had to consign the LJ lookalike to memory, hoping to spot him or her next time we came to Walton.
I was therefore intrigued and very pleased to find a comment added to the post by Nigel Pepper, a photographer with an impressive collection of awards, who lives in Walton and knows all about the lame gull. You can see his comment here, in which he explains that they rescued the gull, a female herring gull, from a fishing line in 2004 and have kept watch on her ever since.
Nigel’s site contains many beautiful and evocative photographs, not least those of gulls for which he says he has a passion, one that I share! His site also displays a delightful sequence of pictures of Leggy and is well worth visiting for these and his other works. You might also pick up some interesting facts about the fascinating creatures that gulls are.