Monday, 7 October 2013

Caspian Gull, 1st winter, Dungeness, 6/10/2013

An afternoon 'by the fishing boats', blue sky, very warm for October !

Mick giving me another lesson on GULLS !      Late afternoon we were joined by DW

For the first two hours, not much happening,
also with the light being a bit to harsh, nothing gave photo opportunities,
however, 16.00 hours, things livened up !

Herring Gull, 1st winter

Black-headed Gull, 1st winter

Common Tern, 1st winter

Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1st winter  ?  ?  ?  is it / isn't it ?

This Lesser B-b caused big discussion between Mick and Dave as to being 'odd'. (a bit heavy for me to understand, but i got the gist !).

The sun is now low, the shingle beach is in shadow, I pack up the camera and am now ready to call it a day !

In unison, both Mick (who never gives up !) and Dave call   'Caspian Gull', their camera shutters 'popping' !

My camera was out rapid, fortunately for me the Caspian then flew in close to land on the beach not 10 meters away.

Caspian Gull, 1st winter

Mick and I have had already two sightings of a Caspian Gull this September,
I had asked Mick for a bit of assistance on 'how same' ?

His reply was the two images below ! !

21/9                                                                            28/9

The Caspian photographed today is again the same Caspian Gull !

This lesson understood, leading to another question ?

Is it possible that this 1st winter Caspian Gull now photographed three times is the SAME Caspian that we photographed as a CASPIAN GULL, JUVENILE on 18th August   ?  ?   ?

A 'Wow' ending to a brilliant day !


  1. That's a great blog ... Nice images ...

  2. A very interesting blog Richard and some good shots too!