Siskin looking for an easy meal.
The male was playing hard to get and didn't once come out fully from behind the branches.
One female was showing well though...
... like so.
Later in the afternoon Gav spotted the unidentified white gull on the river, this time it was by the Tram Sheds so was much easier to view and take photos of. I rushed over there for a look not having seen it before. As soon as I did see it, especially when close up through the scope, I was certain it must be a leucistic Herring Gull. Why? Well, it just looked like one. Although somewhat small it had a mean brutish look about it, one that I've never seen in Iceland Gulls. The jizz just cried out "Be afraid, be very afraid, I'm after your chips!" And apart from that I also used the tried and trusted Robin-stroker's method of ascertaining whether or not it was an Iceland Gull, not by measuring the bill to primary projection ratio or contemplating the gonydeal angle, but by asking the question "Do I want to take it home?" I didn't, it looked scary!
Leucistic Herring Gull or Iceland Gull?
Actually in most photos, as seen here, the Herring-gullishness doesn't seem to show up as well as in the flesh (or feather?)
Check this one out though.
Although it's a bit blurred (that eyepiece problem again) you can see the bird looks
mean, mean, mean!
So it's Herring Gull (or Lesser Black-backed) for me. Then again I'm no expert, on gulls or anything else for that matter. Oh wait, that's not true! I am an expert on microscopic wood anatomy. So why am I cleaning a chicken oven for a living?