William, the Black-headed Gull


William has enjoyed a certain level of media stardom as he was featured on the poster for a recent exhibition Birds on Paper at Tegg’s Nose Gallery.  These birds frequent Redesmere Reservoir and I swear I once saw one do a barrel roll, just for the sheer joy of it.  If you’ve ever seen it, back me up on this, as I sometimes think I must have imagined it. They are, inarguably, beautiful birds, whose flight brings a sense of energy and exuberance that we could all do with sometimes.  William here has a small loop in his back from which he can be suspended on a linen thread (supplied).  He weighs 70g, so I’ll go out on a limb and say he’s unlikely to bring the ceiling down. (And in fact, if your ceiling is that fragile what the hell are you doing scrolling through this nonsense?  Go and get it fixed now.)

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