At first I thought we had found a new Caspian, a strikingly contrasting bird with fine uppertail bars, unfortumately it didn't stay around, and wasn't refound for the rest of the afternoon ..
A short session about 20 minutes before it vanished ..
Photography was hampered by North East winds, which when we're by the boats blows into your face and means the birds are always flying away from you ... Hard work !!
The birds end up with unsightly shadows across them because of the light coming from the west ..
But we still had a Caspian for the record ..
Compare the left-hand image from 25.08.14 ...
Look at the median covert ?
Is it the same bird ?
I think so ...