Thursday, 18 December 2014

Audouin's and Yellow-legged Gull, Majorca, 13th, 14th & 15th December, 2014

departed Stansted for an midday Ryan-air flight to Majorca, car hire, arrive hotel, 19.00hours.
Puerto de Pollenca.

The resort is quiet, we are the only two people out, in the only restaurant that is open in the town ! !

We are hoping to photograph Yellow-legged Gull and Audouin's Gull,
us assuming there would be a good number of Audouins wintering on the island.
(not on migration down at the Oed Massa in Morocco with JL ! ! ).

Not many Gulls, bad weather ! !

Day 1. Morning, light ok,

Cala de Calobra,

the only photo opportunity was  ! !
Yellow-legged Gull, adult, ''on Rock''

same Rock

same Rock

same Rock

Early afternoon, just south out of Port de Pollenca

5 Audouin's Gull, all adult, (one with no foot)
4 Black-headed Gull
1 Little Egret
c.50 Kentish Plover

Light awful for taking photographs

Audouin's Gull, adult

The light improves for 20 mins

Day 2

Weather, Dull cloud all day !

We start our day back at Cala de Calobra,

                        Yellow-legged Gull, 1st winter

the only other photo opportunity

was again ! !

Yellow-legged Gull, adult, on same rock !

another rock (more distant)

Early afternoon, again just south out of Port de Pollenca

Same 5 Audouin's Gull, all adult, (one with no foot)

Light, again awful for taking photographs, 800 ISO

                         Audouin's Gull,

Dull weather and rain forecast for tomorrow !

22.00 hours, torrential rain, midnight thunder and lightning ! ! !



Grey sky and it's raining !

We head to Portocolom, the weather looks a little brighter this side of the island !
plus we are closer to airport for return flight tonight !

Audouins Gull, 6
Yellow-legged Gull, 4

a brief opportunity to take photos, 800 ISO ! ! !

Ring no:  BCCS on White Ring

                         Shag, 1st c, desmarestii, (Mediterranean)

Early evening flight, home in South London 22.00 hours !

Fantastic trip ! ! !

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