Thursday, 27 December 2012

GULLS, Review of 2012

A look back at the GULL days out in 2012                 18 SPECIES seen for the year !


Mediterranean Gull, adult winter          Southend Pier, Essex, 14th January, 2012

Kittiwake, adult winter          Dungeness, Kent 22nd January, 2012

Little Gull, 1st winter          Dungeness, Kent, 22nd January, 2012

Caspian Gull, 1st winter                 Dungeness, Kent, January 22nd, 2012

Common Gull, adult winter           Leysdown, Isle of Sheppey, Kent,  28th January, 2012



First week in February was our Gull trip to Nimmo's Pier, Galway, Ireland with a day visit to Ardglass, County Down, Northern Ireland


Glaucous Gull, 1st winter          Ardglass, County Down, Northern Ireland, 5th February, 2012               

 Glaucous Gull, 1st winter          Ardglass, County Down, Northern Ireland, 5th February, 2012

Kittiwake, 1st winter          Ardglass, County Down, Northern Ireland, 5th February, 2012

Iceland Gull, 1st winter          Ardglass, County Down, Northern Ireland, 5th February, 2012                      

                     
Iceland Gull, 1st winter          Nimmo's Pier, Galway, Ireland, 6th February, 2012      

Kumlein's Gull, 2nd winter          Nimmo's Pier, Galway, Ireland, 3rd February, 2012    

Iceland Gull, 3rd & 2nd winter,          Sligo, Ireland, 4th February, 2012       

Iceland Gull, adult winter,          Ardglass, County Down, Northern Ireland, 5th February, 2012

Ring-billed Gull, adult winter          Nimmo's Pier, Galway, Ireland, 3rd February, 2012    

Kumlein's Gull, 1st winter          Ardglass, County Down, Northern Ireland, 5th February, 2012       



Back from Ireland, our next day outing was to Dover for another Kumlein's !

Kumlein's Gull, 2nd winter          Admiralty Pier, Dover, Kent, 18th February, 2012

Kumlein's Gull, 2nd winter          Admiralty Pier, Dover, Kent, 18th February, 2012

A return to Dover on the 25th February, 2012

Kittiwake, adult winter            Admiralty Pier, Dover, Kent, 25th February, 2012


Kumlein's Gull, 2nd winter          Admiralty Pier, Dover, Kent, 25th February, 2012


Herring Gull                    Admiralty Pier, Dover, Kent, 25th February, 2012

Herring Gull                    Admiralty Pier, Dover, Kent, 25th February, 2012



A day trip to the Cardiff Bay, Wales to look for the Bonaparte's Gull

Lesser Blacked-back Gull                   Cardiff Bay, 4th March, 2012


Bonaparte's Gull                          Cardiff Bay, Wales, 4th March, 2012

Later in the month Rye Harbour

Mediterranean Gull, adult                                   Rye Nature Reserve, East Sussex, 31st March, 2012


Black-headed Gulls                          Rye Nature Reserve, East Sussex, 7th April, 2012


first week in May saw our trip to Majorca and the superb Audouin's Gulls !


Audouin's Gull                         Puerto Pollenca, Majorca, 1st May, 2012


Audouin's Gull                         Puerto Pollenca, Majorca, 1st May, 2012


The Farne Islands, Northumberland trip


Lesser Black-backed Gull                       Farne Islands, Northumberland, 3rd July, 2012       

Herring Gull                Farne Islands, Northumberland, 2nd July, 2012       

Herring Gull                Farne Islands, Northumberland, 2nd July, 2012       

Herring Gull                Farne Islands, Northumberland, 2nd July, 2012       

Herring Gull                Farne Islands, Northumberland, 3rd July, 2012


Romania, Danube Delta trip in June

Pallas's Gull, (Great Black-headed Gull)                                   Romania, Danube Delta,  June 17th, 2012

Pallas's Gull,                                    Romania, Danube Delta,  June 17th, 2012


July was a 'blank month, but then the first week in August on a visit to Dungeness.
We had heard there had been a Sabine's Gull reported at Camber / Rye the day before, we mused the possibility of it turning up at the patch. As we parked at the Power Station, we were 'overtaken by M.C.' telling us that the Sabine's was indeed seen 'here now' ! Luck does not get better than this !

Sabine's Gull                  Dungeness, Kent, 5th August, 2012 

Sabine's Gull                  Dungeness, Kent, 5th August, 2012 

Sabine's Gull                  Dungeness, Kent, 5th August, 2012 

Sabine's Gull                  Dungeness, Kent, 5th August, 2012 

Sabine's Gull                  Dungeness, Kent, 5th August, 2012 



September and October we spent mostly at Dungeness

Yellow-legged Gull            Dungeness, Kent, 1st September, 2012

Great Black-backed Gull                      Dungeness, Kent, 1st September, 2012

Great Black-backed Gull                      Dungeness, Kent, 2nd September, 2012

Yellow-legged Gull                      Dungeness, Kent, 20th October, 2012

 Black-headed Gull                 Dungeness, Kent, 27th October, 2012

and the return of the Glaucous Gull, now 3rd winter

Glaucous Gull, 3rd winter                 Dungeness, Kent, 27th October, 2012

 Glaucous Gull, 3rd winter                 Dungeness, Kent, 27th October, 2012


Black-headed Gull                Dungeness, Kent, 3rd November, 2012

Black-headed Gull                Dungeness, Kent, 3rd November, 2012


In November, a day in Devon at Dawlish Warren, the weather was perfect and the Bonaparte's was feeding 'in close'

Bonaparte's Gull, adult winter                   Dawlish Warren, Devon, 11th November

Bonaparte's Gull, adult winter                   Dawlish Warren, Devon, 11th November

Bonaparte's Gull, adult winter                  Dawlish Warren, Devon, 11th November

 Bonaparte's Gull, adult winter                   Dawlish Warren, Devon, 11th November

Bonaparte's Gull, adult winter                   Dawlish Warren, Devon, 11th November

A day out at Gosport for Ring-billed Gull

Ring-billed Gull                      Gosport, Hampshire, 25th November, 2012

Ring-billed Gull                      Gosport, Hampshire, 25th November, 2012

Ring-billed Gull                      Gosport, Hampshire, 25th November, 2012

Ring-billed Gull                      Gosport, Hampshire, 25th November, 2012



Back on Southend Pier in December

Mediterranean Gull, 1st winter                    Southend Pier, Essex, 1st, December, 2012

Mediterranean Gull, 2nd winter                    Southend Pier, Essex, 1st, December, 2012

Mediterranean Gull, adult winter                    Southend Pier, Essex, 1st, December, 2012

Black-headed Gull, 1st winter                          Hyde Park, London, 17th December

Black-headed Gull, 1st winter                          Hyde Park, London, 17th December

Common Gull                            Isle of Sheppey, Kent, 26/12/2012

GULLS 2012




1 comment:

  1. Some very nice Gull shots Richard. I am glad you named them as they look all the same to me (lol) I am hoping that I may be invited this year to attend one of your Gull fests so you can teach me how to tell each one apart. Have a good new year, all the best to you in 2013. Regards Steve A.

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