Sunday 25 November 2012

Ring-billed Gull, Gosport, Hampshire, 25/11/2012

Weather forecast today is not good, a bit of sunshine early to turn to grey cloud and rain by lunchtime !

05.30 hours, we headed off to Hampshire.

Target birds
1. Ringed-billed Gull at Gosport
2. Black Brant Goose
3. Red-breasted Goose

Arriving at Gosport about 08.00 hours, a perfect blue sky.
No sign of a Ring-billed Gull

Next for the Black Brant,
There must have been 500+ Brent Geese at the first site, another 200+ at another, to difficult for me, a quick return to the car for me !  The chaps tried hard, but they could not find the BB.

Next to Farlington Marshes for the Red-breasted Goose, the weather has changed to dull grey cloud, looks like rain, (nearly as bad as yesterday), I did not bother to get out of the car ! I never got out of the car yesterday either, it was so bad !

Today is beginning to look like yesterday, a wash out !

The chaps get a distant view of the Red-breasted Goose

and then we moved on, a bit of an explore around,


Common Gull

Red-breasted Merganser, 20 +
Goldeneye, pair
Little Egret

then returning to Gosport to have another look for the Ring-billed Gull.

Kevin spots it immediately from the car park next to the cafe overlooking the lake, in with the Swans and a few Black-headed Gulls,
it is still dull and raining, straight into the cafe ! time for breakfast !

Breakfast finished, we wander down to the lake, the rain has stopped, the sky has cleared,

Ringed-billed Gull, adult w.

The light was changing by the minute, then the rain came again !

We had a look around another couple of local sites seeing another 4 Red-breasted Mergansers but the light was just to poor for a photograph.

The day was finished by 14.00 hours, a drive home in continual rain, I was home by 18.30 hours.

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