Sabine's Gull ~ Dungeness, Kent - 05.08.12

Tuesday 7 August 2012

We headed for Dungeness, with no target birds just to have a good day out.
Decided on the Arc Pit first trying for some waders but only the usual.

News on the pager of a Sabine's going over the beach at Rye was promising, so we headed towards the patch !!
We were getting our gear out of the car when a call from Martin ( thank you ) saying that Dave W has the gull on the beach near the Patch !!!!!!

A short walk along the ridge and there it was, a nice adult bird moulting out and way out on its own and resting in the tide line ...
We watched at distance, until it flew and began feeding close in, time to move and get some images !!!

Sabine's Gull

Note:  The bird has a cataract in it's right eye !!

The bird went and joined the mass of gulls near the patch and we went to the cafe ... We were hoping that with better light in the afternoon that maybe some improvements could be made but we stayed till early evening without any more sightings ..