Wednesday 31 December 2014

Colour-ringed Caspian Gull Update - Red 16P4

The Polish Bird Ringing Centre has replied very quickly to my report of the red colour-ringed Caspian Gull. It was colour-ringed as a chick on May 15th this year near Paczkow, Poland. Interestingly it was sighted by Reinhard Kunow on August 27th at Sierksdorf, Germany.

Shawell A5
Caspian Gull, 1CY
DN 31216
Polish Bird Ringing Centre.  Jacek Betleja
Sighted at Sierksdorf, Germany on 27/08/14 Reinhard Kunow

The Journey So far of Caspian Gull Red 16P4 

Reinhard managed to photograph it when it stopped off in Germany - see below.

Juvenile Caspian Gull, Red 16P4, August 2014 - Photo Taken by Reinhard Kunow

I mentioned in my previous post that it was difficult to read the colour-ring, basically red and white rings can be difficult to read at distance especially when the white gets dirty. I was pretty happy that I had read it correctly and I did write 16P4 eventually in my notepad although at first I wrote 1GP4. Playing around in photoshop I could see that it was a 6 rather than a G - see below.

Lots of Playing in Photoshop Eventually Showed up the Code- Oh For Close Views
Another Image of red 16P4 AT Shawell A5 Lagoons

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