Saturday 11th, February, 09.00 hours, I met up with Richard Bonser at Terminal 3 London Heathrow for a direct flight to St. John's International Airport, Newfoundland, c5 hour flight, with a 3 and a half hour time difference, we picked up hire car, into cold weather clothing, out of the airport, arriving at Quidi Vidi Lake by 14.30 hours.
Superb light and 30+ Kumlien's Gull in your face ! !
I spent the afternoon photographing the Kumlien's ! ! !
Day 2, February 12th, again superb light,
a bit of time with the ducks at Quidi Vidi Lake
Goosander, 3 present 4 out of 5 days
midday at Mundy Pond, (1st GLGU)
Glaucous Gull, 2nd winter
Early afternoon a drive out to Conception Bay South,
At the ''Outfall''
Black-headed Gull, Kumlien's Gull
2nd Glaucous Gull for the day, this time 1st winter
Back at Quidi Vidi Lake
Day 3 Quidi Vidi Lake
American Bald Eagle
Day 4 ''Vicious Valentine's Day'', ''the big snow storm''.
View from our hotel 07.00 hours
outside the hotel 09.00 hours
We set off on foot for Quidi Vidi Lake, brilliant day with Glaucous Gulls( c25 seen) and American Herring Gull, for snow scenes !
We packed in about 15.00 hours, nothing more to be gained under now rather extreme conditions, headed back to the hotel ! ! !
15.30 hours, I went out for a walk, the streets was deserted, no people, no cars, silent
except the passing snow ploughs !
Photo bombed ! By a snow plow
Heading back to hotel
Day 5, Last day !
St. John's, Newfoundland, The Telegraph
headlines of yesterday, photo probably taken from our hotel !
09.00 hours today, from our hotel !
We have a flight to catch 14 hours time, all a bit ''yes and no'',
and we are going out for the day ! !
We walked to Quidi Vidi Lake
at Quidi Vidi Lake, weather condition, a bit extreme
A bit of a white out ! ! 180* Panorama (you cold not look the other way)
Gulls at Quidi Vidi Lake
American Herring Gull, adult + Kumlien's Gull, juvenile
We packed in at c15.00 hours and headed back to the hotel.
A last walk down to harbour
''Kumlien's on snow''
17.00 hours, we get changed and packed ready for departure
Superb fish and chips in hotel restaurant, leisurely drive to airport,
''all luck is on our side'', as it had been throughout the full trip,
Our flight departs on time 00.30 to get us home for 09.00 Thursday morning.
Gull list for 4 days ! !
Kumlien's, lots, all ages
Glaucous Gull, c30 seen this 4 days, juvenile and 2nd winter only
American Herring Gull, lots, all ages
Mew Gull, 1 only
Common Gull, 1 only (metal ring, Iceland).
Ringed-billed Gull, 1 only
Black-headed Gull, a few at Conception Bay outfall
Lesser Black-backed Gull