Sunday 26 February 2017

GLAUCOUS GULL, St. John's, Newfoundland, 11th - 15th February, 2017

St. John's, Newfoundland with Richard Bonser, 11th - 15th February, 2017

GLAUCOUS GULL,  Larus hyperboreus

Day 1, 11th February, no Glaucous Gull seen.

Day 2, 12th February

Glaucous Gull, 2nd winter, Mundy Pond

Glaucous Gull, juvenile, Conception Bay South, at the Outfall

Day 3, 13th February, at Quidi Vidi Lake

Glaucous Gull, 2nd winter

11.05 hours, the light came good !  and these two GLGU performed for the camera !

Glaucous Gull, juveniles

Late afternoon 3 individuals
Glaucous Gull, juvenile

Glaucous Gull, juvenile

Glaucous Gull, juvenile

Day 4, 14th February, at Quidi Vidi Lake, (Vicious Valentine's Day).

Glaucous Gull, juvenile

Glaucous Gull, juvenile

Day 5, 15th February, at Quidi Vidi Lake

Glaucous Gull, juvenile

Saturday 25 February 2017

COMMON, RING-BILLED & LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, Quidi Vidi Lake, St. John's, Newfoundland, 11th - 15th February, 2017

Quidi Vidi Lake, St. John's, Newfoundland with Richard Bonser, 11th - 15th February, 2017

there was 3 smaller gulls present all days
Thanks here to all for correcting / assisting me with my ID (difficult learning curve)

2  Common Gull, adult, (one with metal ring, Iceland)

1  Ring-billed Gull

Common Gull, adult, (metal ring, Iceland)

Common Gull, adult

Ring-billed Gull, adult

Lesser Black-backed Gull

American Herring Gull, 1st winter, (thanks RB)

Friday 24 February 2017

St. John's, Newfoundland, 11th - 16th February 2017

Quidi Vidi Lake, St. John's, Newfoundland with Richard Bonser, 11th - 15th February, 2017

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

Double-crested Cormorant

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


Tufted Duck

Bowering Park

Wood Duck


Eurasian Wigeon

Green-winged Teal

Day 3 Quidi Vidi Lake

American Bald Eagle

Song Sparrow

American Wigeon

Dark-eyed Junko

Day 4   ''Vicious Valentine's Day'', ''the big snow storm''.

View from our hotel 07.00 hours

outside the hotel 09.00 hours

our hire car

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 !

Richard sorting out the car (and getting it into the underground car park ! ) 
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 Wigeon


American Herring Gull, adult + Kumlien's Gull, juvenile


Kumlien's Gull

American Coot

Tufted Duck

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