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!)

1 comment:

JRandSue said...

Very brave Karen,great captures.
I'm still looking.