Monday 29 July 2013

Gulls, weekend 27th and 28th July, 2013

A weekend beside the sea, to look at Gulls !


Common Gull, Two Tree Island

Mediterranean Gull, Southend beach

On and from the pier


more Mediterranean Gull, 32 (Mick counted from the pier)

Sunday, Dungeness, from the fishing boats

Great Black-backed Gull

Common Gull

Little Gull, 1st Summer

Artic Skua

Black-headed Gull

Common Tern

A few Sandwich Terns passed by at distance, even more distant a few gannet

A superb weekend !

Tuesday 9 July 2013

Bonaparte's Gull, Crossness, London, 7/7/2013

A relative close to home day out today, 06.00 Mick and myself are on site local to Mick, Crossness.
A Bonaparte's Gull has been reported seen here yesterday !

It's a glorious day, forecast to be the hottest day so far this year ! Perfect blue sky !

The Tide is full out !

With help, the Bonaparte's Gull was found and watched at times coming into the Sewage Outfall to feed, rather distant, then spending time loafing on an even more distant pier rail.

Mediterranean Gull, 1 adult, distant on the mud

As the tide came in, the gulls came in closer to feed,

400+ Black-headed Gulls
1 Bonaparte's Gull, full summer plumage.
Common Tern, several, close in joining in the civilised feeding frenzy of activity

If I took my eye off the Bonaparte's for a second, then I found very difficult to locate !
A good Gull watch for sure !

1 Bonaparte's Gull in about 400 Black-headed Gulls

As the tide came in the gulls came in closer to feed

A bit of size comparison, (and more dainty).

Then up close !