The Damned

Missed the opportunity for a really good shot here. I took a random shot of a graffitied sign on an old wrecked bridge over Korogoro Creek at Hat Head this morning. Someone had scratched in the words 'The Damned'. The Silver Gull happened to be sitting beside it. As I got closer, I zoomed in on the gull, leaving out the sign. Not till I transferred it to my computer did I realise the poor gull has both legs ensnared by a piece of discarded fishing line: truly it is damned. Many fishers don't realise the dangers to wildlife when they leave their odd bits of fishing line lying around on the rocks, in the water or on the sand. This gull can only hop when trying to battle it out for food amongst its fellows.
Oh Robin, that just breaks my heart. The poor thing. It would be so easy to take the line home and throw it away. Hard to understand.
posted April 2nd, 2011  
oh no!!! that is devastatingly sad - - :(
posted April 2nd, 2011  
Wow! So good, so sad, so poignant.
posted April 2nd, 2011  
Poor thing! That is really sad. It is a great photo of him just the same.
posted April 2nd, 2011  
Oh! No! Poor little bird!
posted April 2nd, 2011  
Oh wow. That's too bad. I hate to see things like this. People just don't consider the damage it can do.
posted April 2nd, 2011  
I like the layout, nice shot.
posted April 2nd, 2011  
omg that is horrible...makes me so sad...but your shot is great....
posted April 2nd, 2011  
Oh, this really kills me. Last year there was a deer who frequented my yard who had a fence board and barbed wire wrapped around her neck. After three or four months she started appearing sans board, however, much to my relief. (Though it made it much easier for her to graze in my landscaping....) Your shot, and insert, tell quite a story. Nicely done.
posted April 2nd, 2011  
this is a great capture.
posted April 2nd, 2011  
Great shot of this poor fellow. That stuff is hard to get off too. Hope someone can rescue him
posted April 2nd, 2011  
Great shot. If you could capture it and cut the line it would be wonderful, but it might peck your eyes out literally.
posted April 2nd, 2011  
Poor seagull - I hate seeing ocean animals impeded like this because of the rubbish humans leave around. There is a really strong, visual message here - that bird is so pretty, but truly damned as you say.
posted April 2nd, 2011  
Poor seagull, I do hope someone manages to capture it and free it. Great capture but very sad.
posted April 2nd, 2011  
Great capture and hope the seagull gets the help he needs!
posted April 2nd, 2011  
That is so sad...I hope for the best for the poor thing..great capture though.
posted April 2nd, 2011  
Oh no!! That is sad. Your photo tells the story well.
posted April 2nd, 2011  
Such a sad thing..hope people understand what it does to wildlife...great capture..
posted April 2nd, 2011  
This is very sad. I am sure you wish you had been able to help this bird. My son picks up all discarded line and i am going to show him this when he returns from a weekend fishing trip. He has done his share of taking line and plastic off of birds and geese. People can be so ignorant and thoughtless even after seeing this. I went on a whale watch once and we saw a whale that was healing from being wrapped in netting. The boat we were on was science based and they had spotted and captured this whale until they could free it of its trap - which saved its life. So sad.
posted April 2nd, 2011  
@wac Thanks, Wendy. Yes, it makes me feel bad to see this photo and still more that I realised it after the event. It wouldn't have let me help it, of course, but that doesn't make it any better.
posted April 2nd, 2011  
Very sad, indeed. People are so ignorant... Nice shot, by the way - it's still a pretty bird!
posted April 2nd, 2011  
Awesome composition and clarity, what a beautiful photo, well done!
posted April 2nd, 2011  
That is sad Robin but like you said you couldn't have helped even if you saw it while taking the photo. It's a great collage - and the photos are great
posted April 2nd, 2011  
Oh no, that is such a sad sight! We have bird rehabilitation centres all over SA for such things. People just don't care, do they...wonder how they will feel when the whole planet backfires on them... I can understand your frustration at not getting the shot you wanted, but this does its job brilliantly, thanks for sharing, you should have it published in a local newspaper or fishing magazine to make people aware of their ignorance, perhaps it will help.
posted April 2nd, 2011  
@hinhoutbay That's a great idea, Henriette. I'll see what I can come up with.
posted April 2nd, 2011  
Yes, a sad picture and I hope you can use it to make a difference!
posted April 2nd, 2011  
Very sad!!
posted April 2nd, 2011  
Oh, that is so heartbreaking and so avoidable. I agree with Henriette ~ this needs to be published where offenders can see the damage inflicted by their thoughtlessness and/or carelessness. Such a powerful photograph, Robin. A fav...I'd like to print it, with your permission, and send it to a few coastal newspapers.
posted April 2nd, 2011  
@peggysirk That's fine, Peggy. It might be worth doing that. If you'd rather have it without the small print with the graffiti, I could send you the large one of just the gull. Let me know.
posted April 2nd, 2011  
Poor creature Robin - but a powerful photograph to encourage changes of behaviour. Great capture.
posted April 2nd, 2011  
@girlie I like the effect the Damned graffiti. Thanks for the okay.
posted April 2nd, 2011  
That is awful Robin. It would be nice if your photo could help get that message out to people that just don't realise. Great shot.
posted April 2nd, 2011  
Nicely laid out.
posted April 2nd, 2011  
Oh no! That looks horrible! But he looks ok, maybe he's used to it... I think this is a true example of the sign!
posted April 2nd, 2011  
@geertje Thanks Geertje, but I don't think he's okay. He couldn't walk properly and the line is probably cutting into his leg. He also flew in a very wobbly fashion.
posted April 2nd, 2011  
@girlie Oh no, I'm so sorry to hear that... We should all think twice before we leave something behind on the streets!
posted April 2nd, 2011  
Sad Robin & your photo is a reminder of the responsibility we all have to mother earth & her creatures.
posted April 2nd, 2011  
Nice capture and reminder!
posted April 2nd, 2011  
So sad, but if your post reminds even one person to be more aware and careful, you have helped.
posted April 2nd, 2011  
I really like what you've made of this. Poor bird. How can people do this? It certainly makes you think!
posted April 2nd, 2011  
This is awful, as well as the line they leave everywhere there are the lead weights. We lose so many swans who swallow them and are then poisoned. It's not much fun for the fish either.
posted April 2nd, 2011  
So sad but I great shot, I agree with Henriette, it should be published to remind people of the results of their actions.
posted April 2nd, 2011  
Poor thing. It is so annoying that people do not mind the animals and surrounding. One of my late dogs got caught once in fishing line. It took me some time to realize what has happened.
posted April 2nd, 2011  
Heart breaking shot. What a great idea to publish it to educate people about the dangers. Many times in the high Sierra Mountains in California where I photograph several times a year, I am astounded by the trash that fishermen and women leave including lines and hooks. Jenn and I pick up trash by the bag loads and it is sickening. One might as well crap in a cathedral as far as I'm concerned. It offends me that much.
posted April 2nd, 2011  
Oh that's so sad!
posted April 3rd, 2011  
Nice shot Robin, and a sad reminder to everyone the impact we have on the natural world in so many ways.
posted April 3rd, 2011  
Awesome shot and great message! It makes me so sad how wildlife is harmed because of human consumption. This should be an add for Wildlife Preservation!
posted April 3rd, 2011  
Poor thing, but an excellent shot of him.Perhaps by posting it you will make one more person think before they are careless.
posted April 3rd, 2011  
PP Robin :)
posted April 3rd, 2011  
oh how sad! Poor gull, that's the end of his swimming career
posted April 3rd, 2011  
This is a great photo, but what a sad story.
posted April 4th, 2011  
awe poor thing!
posted April 4th, 2011  
I showed my son and he says this is a common experience. "It happens all the time", is his remark. Now I feel even worse!
posted April 4th, 2011  
Sorry to see this, interesting that he was hanging out at that sign.
posted April 4th, 2011  
Thanks to everyone for your great comments. I hope this photo will help change some people's behaviour.
posted April 4th, 2011  
Ah geez, this is beyond sad and I know this must have broken your heart when you viewed your pics. Maybe this will help raise awareness as to the dangers of fishing line...fingers crossed.
posted April 4th, 2011  
Beautiful photo, well done!
posted April 6th, 2011  
I'm an avid fisher-woman and you are completely correct about fishing line or casts. Lots of animals get damaged like this because of lazy people who are in a rush to cast out another line. Birds being my favorite animal ... I'm over cautious on my fishing trips. And as much as it pains me to see this photograph ... (1) this is an amazing shot that (2) brings awareness to the situation at hand. Very well done !!!
posted April 7th, 2011  
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