We arrived at Taranto Harbour at 14.30 hours, parked up, all the fishing boats are tied up, no fishing on Sundays.
We wandered the length of the Fishing Harbour seeing Yellow-legged Gull,
viewing the vast expanse of the harbour noting ''not many Gull''.
Out to the left of our harbour view was a Mussel Farm staked out !
A bit of Gull activity in this area.
We are in the car, cross a bridge, half a mile and we turn into a run down industrial area, about 10 wild dogs, chasing the car, but we find an pontoon where we can get closer view the Mussel Farm !
The light is just OK to enable flight shots !
A couple of Yellow-legs fly by !
I tell Mick to sling a bit of bread in,
(i will photograph Yellow-legged Gull ''all day long'').
Bread dispatched ! ! !
2 seconds ! Mick is going ballistic ! !
First Gull coming in from our left is the PALLAS'S GULL, 1st winter ! !
Brilliant, stunning views, 1 minute, couple of quick fly-bys, then the Pallas's Gull sat down on a buoy some 150 metres distant.
15.09 hours, we are set up, we only have a few slices of bread, so we know we have very limited opportunity to attract the Pallas's in close to photograph !
and this light is dodgy, changing by the minute !
It's a ''PALLAS'S GULL'', only the second I have seen !
15.09 hours, Mick slings out a slice of bread !
It's off the buoy, coming round ! !
15.10 hours, less than a minute fly-bye, the Pallas's then returning to perch up back onto the same buoy ! ! !
Could you have wrote the script for that ! ! !
and a Yellow-legged Gull
15.36 hours, it's over
the PALLAS'S GULL is loosing interest,
I don't recall it actually feeding ! It was just showing interest ! ! !
The light was turning awful, the Pallas's more distant !
The most easy drive back to Bari Airport, Ryan-air to Stansted, dropped Mick off at Dartford at 00.15 hours.