On Tuesday morning, one of Britain's most spectacular seabirds fell out of the sky and crash landed onto a road in the coastal village of Dale in Pembrokeshire.
With its heavy sharp bill, pointed tail and long slender wings the Northern gannet is a sight to behold in flight, their beady eyes able to detect prey underwater and their elegant body specially-adapted to plunge up to 20 metres into the water. But confused and dazed on the tarmac in Dale, it's a very different story. This adult bird was blind, its black tipped wings flapping in desperation and its gold-washed crown sunk low to the ground.
In all likelihood it had bird flu said Lisa Morgan, head of islands and marine from the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. She was called out to deal with the distressed bird. It's becoming a familiar story for Lisa – she estimates at least 20 birds are washing up dead on Pembrokeshire's beaches every day while stories of sick birds falling out of the sky are not uncommon.
"It's got bird flu, it's going to die," said Lisa, adding she's "almost certain" it had flown inland in its confused state. "We're hearing of poorly sick birds flying in the sky and literally falling out of the air. This beautiful amazing gannet – the most amazing sea bird we have in Wales – was just bumbling around in the road."