When I eventually decided to go to bed, I took my binoculars to do a last scan out in the harbour. AND, what did I see. A poor Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) was attached to an old fishing net. Well, this is for sure not the first time it happens. I have written about it several times in the newspapers, but do anybody listen? NO So every year the fishermen gives a shit, and just throw away their fishing nets in the nature, or use them as a protection for their stock fish.
Anyway, out of the bed again. I took with me a knife, and I managed to cut out the bird without any damage. BUT then the fisherman came, and asked me to NOT destroy his fishing net... YEAH, I managed to calm down inside me, and peacefully explained to him the problems with the nets...
I took the bird back home and ringed it (I'm a licenced bird ringer). My girlfriend had to help me a bit, since these Gulls have a VERY sharp beak. A few minutes later, we released the bird into the wild. It was fantastic to see how happy he was. Filling his wings with air, and waving us a goodbye. We didn't take any photos because we thought the bird had suffered long enough. So instead i attach a photo from the internet.
BUT: No I hope to get some sleep