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Old 06 November 2006, 16:42   #11
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When gulls attack...

IMHO it can be especially risky when travelling at speed at night, you can come across large groups of resting seabirds on the water. Add one swiftly travelling RIB and any slow reactions on the part of teh bird could (and has) lead to a collision. I know a RNLI Atlantic helm who was thankful for his Gecko on a night shout, and personally I have ducked a cormorant that popped out of the water directly ahead and went through three of us between the engines and out of the back of the A frame with only the loss of a few feathers. Scared the crap out of us though.

Has the potential to be nasty though, just imagine a small chicken hitting your unprotected head travelling at 30+mph. Ouch!

So it is probably one of many other good reasons for slowing down at night....

However, having blitzed through a huge flock of gulls once in the early hours and effectively running through a tunnel of birds just lit up by the red and green of the nav lights, it did look pretty cool. That was before the RNLI helm pointed out the rather obvious danger, plus the rather un-environmentally friendly impact on the poor birds! I should've known better!
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Old 07 November 2006, 02:02   #12
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Old 07 November 2006, 06:50   #13
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This wasnt a seagull attack, the bird just wasnt looking where it was going!
More like the driver wasn't looking where the bird was going.

You are on the water, this is where seabirds live, it's their home, you are on their territory. I personally feel we should be looking out for their and all other sea dwellers' wellbeing.
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More like the driver wasn't looking where the bird was going.

You are on the water, this is where seabirds live, it's their home, you are on their territory. I personally feel we should be looking out for their and all other sea dwellers' wellbeing.
I think maybe we can make an exception for seagulls there-there's more inland on rubbish tips than at sea now

The damn things are worse than pigeons and nothing better than agressive flying rats.
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The damn things are worse than pigeons and nothing better than agressive flying rats.
I agree. I'm sympathetic to virtually all other forms of birdlife and I consciously avoid any logger ducks and kelp geese that inhabit our waters, but if I get the chance to wipe a #kin seagull out by whatever means then I will, hate 'em.

Seagulls are kind of like Argies with wings i.e. there are far too many of them, they are unreasonably aggressive towards everything, steal food from domestic animals if they can, and make far too much noise but will generally shut up when you shoot 'em a few times
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Err, psychosis.
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Run down and shoot as many shyte hawks as you can. Put them in a big arse grinder and sell as cat food. Sorry JW They are a pest just like pidgees and rats, but pidgees taste better in a pie.
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By the way Limey Linda, what's an arse grinder?
I guess it is what you get when you don't know your arse from your angle
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By the way Limey Linda, what's an arse grinder?
Sorry Nos. in "proper English" I should have said mincer. ( meat grinder) Get the picture?
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