All hail the Gold Coast's queen of seagulls
DESPITE their reputation as flying sea-side rats, seagulls apparently have a softer side.
One Gold Coast woman has shown they may even be capable of love and loyalty, when they're not succumbing to their endless quest for stray chips.
Worongary's Lesley Reay finds that when she walks the sands of the glitter strip, the seagulls want to keep her company.
What started as the occasional bit of food has now made Ms Reay a shepherd, with about 80 filling out her feathered flock.
Ms Reay told ABC she also takes care of the gulls with a disability.
"As soon as we pull up the birds come up to the car. They know what's going on," Ms Reay said.
"They're not silly. They're very, very intelligent."
"We love it. It's quite peaceful: you go for a walk and just feed them and it's nice, it's just nice."