Caspian Gull ~ 1st. W ~ Dungeness, Kent - 17.08.14

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The first Caspian Gull of the season at Dungeness, a big bird probably a male in post-juvenile moult ..
Notably the lesser coverts are dropped and a few scapulars have been replaced ..

Caspian Gull ~ 1st. W
















A very neat tail pattern as well, if it over-winters keeping track of this bird should be fairly easy ... 

Yellow-legged Gull ~ Juvenile ~ Dungeness - July '14

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Here is a selection of images all from Dungeness, Kent of the many juvenile Yellow-legged Gull's that we've been getting at the fishing boats ...


































Most we had was five birds in together ..

Taken on 5th, 6th, 13th & 19th ...

Great Northern Diver ~ Iceland - 30.06.14

Sunday, 20 July 2014

This species was my most wanted target for the trip to photograph, they are just stunning birds ...
Unlike their smaller cousins we only found these on huge lakes and the birds distant, with little time we just moved on ...
Whilst Jono was on Flatey papping the Phals, we scouted out the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and found a pair, still on a huge lake but easy to approach in cover, returning the next day one of the pair was closer in, so we waited for our moment then got into position ...

Great Northern Diver




Above .....  1/1000 ~ F 4 ~ iso 640

This next series showing the display was fantastic to watch, shame not only for the bank appearing through the bird but also the bird is turned away, these faults would normally result in me throwing them in the recycle bin ...


  


Above ..... 1/500 ~ F 5.6 ~ iso 640



Our next encounter was returning back from Myvatn, another huge lake with 3 adults close in the light was poor but the birds looked superb ...












If only for better light, the grey cloud cover increased and the light failed so we gave in ...
A superb bird in summer plumage !!