Caspian Gulls ~ Getlini Dump, Latvia - 21/23.11.14

Friday, 28 November 2014

Arriving at Getlini Dump, Rumbula in Latvia around midday, signed in at reception and then straight to the main dumping area ...

21st .. Overnight snow, sleet all day
22nd .. Dull & overcast all day
23rd .. Mist & overcast all day

About an hour to find the first Casp in the 1000's of gulls, then 3 in quick succession didn't take any images as they were in the mass of birds, thinking i'd wait to get them isolated on there own !! 
Realising that getting birds out on there own wouldn't happen, and missing the first 3, it was time to take shots of every bird no matter what, something i find hard to do ...


Nice adult bird

Near solid large tip to P10 & long grey tongues  

2x 1st's ~ 1x 2nd ~ 1x 3rd ~ 1x ad
for the days total


Today we were joined by two birders Gaidis & Ugis for some of the day, who's local knowledge of Getlini and its gulls was very helpful ... Thx ..

Another adult

And here's a dodgy image of a 1st. W

3x 1st's ~ 1x 2nd ~ 1x ad
Totals for the day ..


I hope i've got the the id of these following two correct ... ???

This next bird is an absolute beauty !!

7x 1st's ~ 2x 2nd ~ 1x ad
Totals for the day

Can you spot the Caspian ?

Two video's, the quality isn't great but you get the feel of what the dump is like !!

Here's a 360 degree view of Getlini !!

The gulls love the compactor !!

3 amazing days at the dump, really looking forward to a return visit soon ... 

Getlini Dump, Rumbula, Latvia ~ Ring Recoveries - 21/23.11.14

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Spent 3 days at Getlini Rubbish Dump at Rumbula, near Riga in Latvia ...

The vast amount of gulls was absolutely amazing c.8,000 birds and thats probably under estimated ...

Finding ringed birds was hard work as there just was so few, only 6 !!!

On 21.11.14

Herring Gull ~ S433

Ringed on 14.07.12 by A. Kalvans 
at Zurku Sala, Riga, Latvia

On 22.11.14

Herring Gull ~ 7L1T

Ringed on 31.05.13 by G. Varnas
at Didzioji sala, Lithuania

On 22.11.14

Herring Gull ~ 8L9C

Ringed on 21.06.09 by Estonian Bird Ringing Center
at Parnumaa, Estonia

On 23.11.14

Herring Gull ~ CC60V

Ringed in 2011
at Kotka, Finland update info later ..

On 23.11.14

Caspian Gull ~ 3L20

Ringed on 24.06.14 by G. Varnas
at Didzioji sala, Lithuania

From a mixed colony Herr/Casp

On 23.11.14

Herring Gull ~ 3L4X

Ringed on 24.05.14 by G. Varnas
at Didzioji sala, Lithuania

So that was it for ringed birds but what a fantastic 3 days ...

Caspian Gull ~ 2nd. W ~ Dungeness, Kent - 02.11.14

Sunday, 2 November 2014

With spells of heavy rain and a brisk southerly wind it was always going to be a afternoon at the puddles ..

It seems like ages since we had a Caspian, CB has been pulling them out daily at Shawell, MC had a adult in the week and today MB had a 1st & 3rd. W on the reserve ..
Conditions had increased gull no's with easily 1000+ birds spread out in multiple roosts visible from the boats, the wait was on, all afternoon and it was not looking like it was going to happen then all to briefly in came a 2nd. W bird, two fly-by's it kept  trying to land but it never did ..

1/250 ~ F5 ~ iso 800 = crap light

Caspian Gull ~ 2nd. W

Caspian Gull ~ 3rd. W ~ Dungeness, Kent - 12.10.14

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

After being set-up at the puddles near the fishing boats at Dungeness for well over an hour the only bird of note to come in was a 1st.w. YLG ..
The gulls would come in to feed then some would return to the roost 200m's away at the wooden tower, the feeding frenzy kicks off and we'd drag the gulls back to the puddles only for them to go back to the roost ..
DW seemed to have something interesting in the roost so we went over, parking infront then a quick scan revealed this beast ...

Caspian Gull ~ 3rd. W

 1/60 ~ F4 ~ iso 640

Not once did this bird venture over to the puddles for a feed ..

Flight shots at 1/80 are set to fail !!

I would like another go at this bird in better light, so hopefully it will do the right thing and show up again at the weekend ...

Audouin's Gull ~ 2nd. W ~ ** MEGA ** ~ Dungeness, Kent - 12.10.14

Monday, 13 October 2014

Straight off the plane from Poland and headed down to Dungeness for the afternoon ..
Easterly winds and raining, so we set-up at the puddles. The usual snacks went out for the gulls but all we had in was a 1st. W. YLG ...
It was now raining quite hard, it was early evening and noticed DW on the concrete road, He was heavily into a bird amongst the flock, after five minutes he's still going at it with his camera, and was now joined by Andy A ..
Pulling up bumper to bumper a quick scan and a smart 3rd. W. Caspian stood out, a quick exchange of words took place ...

DW ... 3rd. Winter
Me ... Yep 3rd. Winter
DW ... What do you make of that odd bird to the left of the casp ?

My reply was what spun it in the wrong direction !! ... Doh !!

Me ... That's got Laughing in it !!
DW ... Must have ...
AA .. Laughing X Ring-billed ..

And so we F*@k up the id !!

It wasn't until I got the images on the PC, then it all finally clicked ...

Dodgy record shots .. omg

Audouin's Gull ~ 2nd. W


For some better images ...

Caspian Gull ~ 1st. W ~ 01P4 ~ Dungeness, Kent - 04.10.14

Monday, 6 October 2014

The forecast was spot-on, Dull, overcast and rain mid to late afternoon ...
As we arrived it was dull, and in the distance dark clouds. Richard convinced me to start on the beach, reluctantly with the rain clouds coming we did ..
Within ten minutes of setting up, I found this Polish ringed bird ..

1st. Winter ~ 01P4

Rung by Jacek Betleja at the Kozielno colony, Paczkow, Poland - 15.05.2014

The rain started and got progressively worse, exactly as forecast, we held out for awhile before packing it in ..
Not before reaping the rewards of a confiding bird ..

This is so far the 5th individual~  all 1st. Winters that i've found this season '14/'15, With Richard Bonser finding the the 6th and first 2nd. W 
see here Richard's 2nd. W bird   

Yellow-Legged Gull ~ 2nd. W ~ Dungeness, Kent - 28.09.14

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

South-east around to East-south east winds of 8mph.
Some reasonable light at times just not when the birds were performing ..

A total of 3 Yellow-legged gulls late in on Sunday evening ...
1 x ... Adult winter 
2 x ... 2nd. winter

2nd. W ~ bird 

Compare it to this LBBG below ..

Caspian Gull ~ 1st. W ~ XDFE ~ Dungeness, Kent - 20.09.14

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

North-easterlies and low tide are not a great combination, the birds are always flying away from you into the wind, which makes photography rather difficult, then as soon as the sand is exposed at low tide that is where the gulls head for, but we do manage to hold on to some on the beach ...
It was just Me & Chiddy to start with, and getting the gulls down & settled, was harder than normal, eventually they did, and started increasing in number ..

" I've got a green-ringed Caspian "

This got Chiddy running back up the beach ...
We got a couple of fly-by's out of  the bird and gained the ring No: with images in reasonable light ...

Soon we were join by Plodder who confirmed the ring No: XDFE ... And with that the bird flew to the furthest point down the beach and settled down !!
DW came over to see it, a brief glimpse and the bird vanished for over an hour ..

MC & DW left for home, it wasn't long before we had the bird back again ...


Initially I had concerns over wing length which seems short & broad in some images, and the same go's for the venetians which are not very distinctive, but after some research, I was stressing over nothing ...


The light faded towards the latter part with the bird, We were joined by four birders one of them was Henry Wyn-Jones who all had views, before it disappeared again ...
With the skies darkening, Me & Chiddy left them to it, unfortunately they didn't get the bird back in ...

The bird was ringed near Lausitz in East Germany near the Polish border ..

Here is the bird with a similar for comparison from Sweden ..