The Seagull Walk paints a pretty picture on the Nelson Trail

Bird footprints mark a newly painted runway at Nelson Airport and give people a reason to smile.

Bird footprints mark a newly painted runway at Nelson Airport and give people a reason to smile.

Birds are discouraged from hanging around the airport tarmacs, but a Nelson’s gull seems to have made sure it leaves its mark.

A Facebook post from Nelson Airport collected hundreds of thumbs-up and laughing emoticons in response to a photo of webbed footprints on the tarmac.

Nelson Airport’s head of marketing and ground operations, Bryn Lloyd, said the airfield’s operations and safety manager, James Middlewick, spotted the bird footprints after a repaint had was made overnight last week.

“He was doing an airfield inspection when he saw it, and he thought he’d make a little joke about it.”

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The bird artwork will not be visible to plane passengers, said Nelson Airport's marketing and ground operations manager Bryn Lloyd, but it will remain a permanent feature.

The bird artwork will not be visible to plane passengers, said Nelson Airport’s marketing and ground operations manager Bryn Lloyd, but it will remain a permanent feature.

He said it was a bit “lightweight” in the current environment.

Middlewick’s caption reads: “Bird: ‘That’s a nice new paint job on your track, it would be a shame if anyone…’.

Over 50 comments shared and joined in the fun while nearly 700 people reacted to the humorous snap.

Just two days after it appeared on Facebook, the post had received more than 17,000 views, Lloyd said.

The tracks appear to show the bird landing in the fresh paint, before flying off the newly painted strip, and back towards the white line as the tracks slowly fade.

While Lloyd initially said the art would disappear, public interest changed the future of the imprint.

“We love that our bird art has brought joy to so many people. We have received many requests on social media to keep fingerprints and are happy to announce that they will be a permanent feature.

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