Don't look at these !!

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Trust me, don't look at these images !!

I took them all by accident ..
I didn't mean to it just happened ..

As part of the healing process its better to air them to aid my recovery so I can focus better on gulls !!

Please accept my apologises for what you are about to see ...

Pied-billed Grebe ~ California '15

Pied-billed Grebe ~ California '15

Lesser Scaup ~ California '15

Ring-necked Duck ~ California '15

Hooded Merganser ~ California '15

Variable Wheatear ~ U.A.E '15

Red-wattled Lapwing ~ U.A.E '15

Red-wattled Lapwing ~ U.A.E '15

Indian Roller ~ U.A.E '15

Indian Roller ~ U.A.E '15

Indian Roller ~ U.A.E '15

Pallid Harrier ~ U.A.E '15

Little green bee-eater ~ U.A.E '15

Little green bee-eater ~ U.A.E '15

Swift Tern ~ U.A.E '15

Swift Tern ~ U.A.E '15

Crested Lark ~ U.A.E '15

White-tailed Plover ~ U.A.E '15

Gullfoss ~ Iceland '14

Iceland '14

Iceland '14

Iceland '14

Iceland '14

Iceland '14

Durdle Door, Dorset ~ '10

If you made it this far seek medical help ...

Glaucous Gull ~ juv ~ Dover '15

Iceland Gull ~ juv ~ Rossaveal

Iceland Gull ~ juv ~ Yougal

Iceland Gull ~ 2nd. W ~ Rossaveal

Iceland Gull ~ 2nd. W ~ Rossaveal

Ring-billed Gull ~ 1st. W ~ Nimmo's, Ireland

Ring-billed Gull ~ 1st. W ~ Nimmo's, Ireland

That's better !!

Baltic Gull ~ Ad ~ Larus fuscus fuscus ~ Getlini EKO, Riga, Latvia - Apr' 15

Friday, 10 April 2015

On both days, 4th and 5th of April at Getlini EKO, near Riga, Latvia two gulls made a few brief appearances and joined the feeding frenzy, both birds looked good for fuscus fuscus ..

Small and elegant, dark mantled with long wing projection ...

Baltic Gull ~ Ad

Small round head, slender bill signal yellow with red gonys mark, red orbital ring with pale iris ..
Short legged which are bright yellow..
Primary tips often worn ..
Dark slate grey/black mantle with black primaries.
Characteristic jizz with the long rear end .. 

Upperwing Kodak scale 13-17 
Primaries Kodak scale 17-18

Diagnostic with little contrast in upperwing

Mirror to P10
Black down to P5

Underwing primaries grey

After many attempts to gain the ring No: most of my images were of the back of the ring !!

All I managed to get was ..


Richard B had more success and gained the full ring No: and did the detective work !!

Here's the results ...

Bird No: 2

Similar features to bird No: 1, although this bird is not ringed ..
Slightly bigger built, head etc ..

Mirror to P10 and a small mirror on P9

Black down to P4 on outer web ..

For me the star birds of a great weekend trip to the dump !!

Caspian Gulls ~ Getlini EKO, Riga, Latvia - Apr '15

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Myself and Richard Bonser spent two days at Getlini EKO dump, Riga, Latvia the 4th and 5th of April ..
Flew out with Ryanair friday evening the 3rd and stayed at Kolonna Hotel Brigita which was nice ..

Between us we totalled 10+ Caspian Gulls of which 8 birds I managed to get record images of ..

Caspian Gull ~ 1st. W






Caspian Gull ~ 2nd. W


Caspian Gull ~ 3rd. W


Leucistic bird #8

Richard had a ringed Caspian which I didn't see and I also lost one in the frenzy which is easy 10 birds ..