Decycled – The seagull that feasts upon the dead pigeon

I took this photograph after one of my volunteer shifts at the Open Eye Gallery. I call this “Decycled”, it explores a seagull eating a dead pigeon. Presumably, the pigeon was killed by said seagull, and of natural instinct, the seagull should be eating fish. Because of human overfishing, we have overfished the fish populations that seagulls feast on and have created our own people.

Decycled

So many people blame the seagulls for minor inconveniences, but it was human inaction to the problem of overfishing. This inadvertently caused them to move inland to find food, associating humans with food. If you want them to go away, stop polluting the oceans and overfishing. Let the fish repopulate the seas and fix our climate problems!

I made the word ‘decycled’ as a way to be the opposite of recycling. The natural life cycle recycles, but with human intervention, this is reversed- it is going somewhere that is not natural. They are now destroying not fish but other food sources. Of course, how unpleasant is it to see this in a human area? Blame it on the seagull, not yourself. That’s what humans are good for – blaming their problems on others.

Welcome to Nature; it doesn’t care about what you feel- it can decycle you if it wants to.

Decycled – How to fix it.

Stop blaming problems caused by other species which were inadvertently caused by climate change or human intervention. If humans don’t invite an invasive species, it won’t cause a problem. But they do, and when they do, it becomes a problem. To them.

So humans decide to kill the animals instead to “control” them. If we wouldn’t treat ourselves this way on a mass scale, what right does it give us to treat other species this way?

If you want to see more about seagulls, I have a seagull trail where I follow a seagull around Liverpool.

Activities in Liverpool: The Seagull Trail!

Need activities in Liverpool? No worries about that! There are many things to do and follow there! As long as you avoid areas that look shady and keep in a good tourist sense- you’ll be safe!

Activities in Liverpool- Go trailing with seagulls!

On this photographic project that I have undertaken in Liverpool- we will be following up with seagulls and following their trails. Where do they go and listen to them socialise- it reminds you of the sea! Seagulls are seen as pests by many people but the truth is that seagulls are only like this towards us because we have taken their food source. Thus this has driven them towards our cities and urban developments.

Activities in Liverpool - Seagull
Seagull looking down onto the tourists. Source: Joshua Obara Norwood Photography

Therefore, not only does going on a seagull trail recognise the impact humans have had on the climate and environment. It’s also a fun opportunity to explore the city through the lens of a seagull and explore parts you’ve never been to before! It’ll be an experience for a tourist who wants to experience a non-linear trail and the results are random!

There are many parts of the city centre which you can visit; for one of the trails- I had gone to Rupert Lane Recreational Ground. Though, personally, I must admit that the place wasn’t great at all when I visited. There was trash around the area and someone came up to me and started to sexually harass me. It turns out that it’s used as a cruising site for some men. So I would advise going to that area if you are going to Liverpool.

To advise the tourist- I would say you should go in the early hours to do a seagull trail. Think of it as a morning exercise but more fun and interesting! There are fewer people outside and traffic is quiet therefore you can follow the seagulls unhindered!

Seagull flying in Rupert Lane Recreational Ground.
Seagull seems to be having a good time flying!

The seagull trail can help you reconnect with nature as well- especially in a city when we are all disconnected with concrete blocks everywhere. Sometimes a bit of green in a grey space really adds something to our happiness and wellbeing.

My Seagull Trails in Liverpool!

Here is a list of seagull trails I’ve done in Liverpool and where they have landed me. Most of them are links to blog posts as a short form of them is not as interesting as the full story!

  • 19th March 2022: A Seagull Trail – A Photographic Journey. This journey was done by following seagulls out of my student accommodation towards the World Museum. If you’ve not visited the world museum- you should! It’s got some great spectacles and especially so if you are touring with your kids! Usually, at the time I had carried this seagull trail out it was really busy. I had left at around 14:02 so there were a lot of tourists and keeping track of seagulls was hard. I would recommend doing the trail in the early morning where there isn’t much traffic so you can enjoy it more!

Seagull Trail – A Photographic Journey

A funny seagull on the Seagull Trail
A rather funny angle of a seagull on the trail.

A seagull trail is a trail in a city where you follow the seagulls and where they’re going- perhaps they’ll lead you somewhere that you’ve never been before. The best times are in the afternoon when it’s primarily bright, and that’s the prime time that the seagulls are looking to find food!

The seagull trail in Liverpool has brought me to the prime location of the Albert Dock, which of course, tourists are heavily populated where they will tend to feed the seagulls. Or perhaps- have something that the seagulls want to steal! I suggest bringing a camera on the trails so that you can take amazing photographs of the seagulls and probably send them as lovely little postcards to people!

So, follow me on my trail as I left my flat at Albert Court on London Road- I proceeded to follow the seagulls heading towards the Walker Art Gallery, where lots of them sat down on the lampposts! They then guided me towards the St. John’s Gardens, full of remembrance flowers for the fallen in our wars (mostly the first and second world war(s))- and much beautiful architecture. Views of the area are stunning, with the grass being nicely cut and the statues imposing themselves upon the garden.

Seagull Trail: Seagull looks confident.
This seagull is looking quite confident!

From Dale Street To Pier Head

I then followed the seagull trail down through Dale Street and Water Street to the Pier Head- there were many scaffolded buildings that I photographed, thinking they were great for pictures! The sun imposing itself onto the buildings makes the photographs very majestic despite the ugliness of scaffolds. Down at Pier Head was usually busy but even more active with the seagulls, mostly resting like cats. This, paired with the highly bright day, had created a unique photograph- along with the wind, therefore, creating “Contemplating on a Windy Day”.

Then I followed the seagulls further when they took off- over to the Albert Dock and the surrounding area where they’d steal your fish and chips! Seagulls are not that unique at all, but it’s still fun to follow them on a trail- they just prefer to visit populated places just for the food. They’re really not so different from us at all, haha! It was getting dark at the end of my seagull trail, marking the course’s end! I’d recommend making a seagull trail for anyone who hasn’t done one since they’re sometimes very random, and you can unconsciously find the photograph you never knew you’d loved to take!

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