Monday, 17 February 2014

Little Gulls

I finally caught up with Little Gull today. Two of them in fact. I spotted one from the car just as I arrived at the yacht club, but I wasn't prepared and by the time I'd got my camera out of the boot it was moving off to the west. There was nothing for it, I had to bite the bullet and leave the warmth and comfort of the car and go down onto the beach. Luckily I didn't have to go too far, not so luckily it started throwing it down (just for a change). I managed to get a few shots of them before my camera began to get too wet but it wasn't easy in the strong wind and driving rain.

This one was an adult...

And I believe the black on the wings makes this one a second winter.

Thursday, 13 February 2014


Thought I'd take advantage of the brief interlude in the stormy weather and visit Seaton Marshes today. I was hoping that the Avocet which has been around for a few days would put in an appearance. I only had to wait around half an hour before it suddenly appeared in the channel in front of the hide.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Today I've Mostly Been Looking at Herring Gulls. Oh, and A Kittiwake.

It was very wet and windy today, so I only did a little bit of birding from the car. The Kumlien's Gull was back on the river by the tram sheds again, hunkered down amongst the Herring Gulls. They all looked most miserable in the driving rain. I was hoping to see a Little Gull today but it wasn't to be...somehow I just keep missing out on them at the moment. Steve had one on Bridge Marsh this afternoon but it had gone when I looked. I did see a nice adult Kittiwake flying down the river though and got a couple of shots of it.

Later in the day the rain stopped, the sun came out and all the gulls off the river headed to the shoreline to see what tasty morsels had been washed in. I spent a while trying to look through them for the Kumlien's Gull or something new but it was just Herring Gull after Herring Gull after Herring Gull in all stages of plumage.

See!...Herring Gulls...

More Herring Gulls, a handful of Great Black-backed Gulls and (front right in the spume) a struggling Guillemot 
(or if you read the Daily Mail (please tell me you don't!) a Penguin!)