In the wonderfully dynamic and powerful system of waves and currents that break on the beautiful seashore at Rhossili there are bound to be casualties. This gull that had been nudged up the shore by the incoming tide looked as if it had just died. I think it is a herring gull and these can be a bit bold and clumsy when it comes to diving in the surf. It was very rough in the bay that day. Great for adventurous surfers but not for this poor bird.
This bird lay in splendid isolation amongst the sea foam on the beach at the Burry Holm end of Rhossili Bay. The remains of dead birds are not uncommon on the beach. At times this seashore gets a real pounding from the waves and weather. It is an open stretch of water all the way to South America. Most of the birds are likely to have died of natural causes – probably by accident and broken bones.
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