Ring-billed Gull ~ Gosport, Hampshire - 25.11.12

Monday 26 November 2012

Never tire of photographing gull's and with the return of the Gosport adult bird in winter plumage for at least it's 11th winter what better target to aim for !!
Walpole Park, South Street

This clever bird's diet is aided by people coming to feed the swan's and with easy food available why not keep returning ...

Ring-billed Gull ~ ad.W
Larus delawarensis

Now compare to Summer Plumaged bird !!

Same bird and location taken 16.03.12

Yellow-Legged Gull .. 2nd. W ~ Crayford, Kent - 22.11.12

Sunday 25 November 2012

Yellow-Legged Gull

2.nd. Winter bird, at waste ground along side The Jolly Farmers Pub, Crayford, Kent.

Mediterranean Gull - 2nd.W ~ Southend, Essex - 22.11.12

Thursday 22 November 2012

Mediterranean Gull
2nd. Winter bird at Southend Pier,
Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

Yellow-Legged Gull ~ Jolly Farmers, Crayford, Kent - 20.11.12

Tuesday 20 November 2012

It's that time again Gullfreaks when large Larus species start massing up near landfill sites and the clean white headed birds cause confusion !!

So en route to the timber yard, I did a slight detour to check the gulls at some waste ground, formerly Dusseks along side The Jolly Farmers Pub.
A great area, with Viridor, Clubbs, Rainham tip and the Council tip all close by.
The gulls rest up here and scanning through had 2 ad. + 1 1st.W Yellow-legged and a ad.W Med Gull.

Then I found a clean white headed bird, the YLG's had streaking compared to this bird. The bill's shape, colour, size and parallel sided bill differing from the YLG's.
The wing markings, far to much black and no pale tongues !!!
It seems to fit YLG !!
Eyes are really pale  ..

Yellow-Legged Gull ~ ad.W

To much black on the underwing for a Caspian  !!

Glaucous Gull 3rd.W ~ Dungeness, Kent - 18.11.12

Monday 19 November 2012

The plan was to go to Hants, I talked them out of going and we headed for Dungeness which ended up being very quiet mainly due to no wind ...

But we hadn't had a chance of the Glaucous in nice light as a 3rd winter bird, so I would of liked some flight images but the bird just walked everywhere !!
Next Time ......

Still looking a bit scruffy but so much nicer in good light ...

Glaucous Gull ~ 3rd.W

Bonaparte's Gull ~ Dawlish Warren, Devon - 11.11.12

Wednesday 14 November 2012

A 20 mile drive from the Buntings and we were on location at Dawlish Warren early afternoon, bright harsh light, casting shadows and mainly side-lite ...

The bird was flying up & down the beach resting on the groynes, a lovely adult winter Bonaparte's Gull ..

Scope-dudes don't mind viewing from a mile away, but for images you want to be close and the bird at times came to close to focus, dip feeding catching small fish ..

Bonaparte's Gull ~ ad.W

A great weekend for birds and images

Next target ?