Sunday, 4 February 2018

Battle of the Giants

I managed to capture yesterday's Glaucous Gull at Shawell doing battle with two Great Black-backed Gulls.


Saturday, 3 February 2018

A New Glaucous Gull and Some More Caspian Gulls

First of all can I make a complaint - why does it have to rain every Saturday?

Despite the weather I was not put off and after arranging a passage through the massive plant machinery, operating by my access point, I was set for a good days gulling.

21 colour-ring readings today.

The highlight amongst the gulls was a new juvenile Glaucous. This one was a real beast of a bird and it got involved with a tug of war competition with a couple of Great Black-backed Gulls. It was every bit as massive as its two antagonists.

I thought I was going to be empty handed as far as Caspian Gulls today, but then in a ten minute flurry I saw three - two first-winters and a second-winter.

Below is a video of some recent sightings of Caspian Gulls.

Thursday, 1 February 2018


On Sunday I went over to Watermead to take some photos of any gulls present. My luck was really in, as I managed to photograph a Norwegian ringed Common Gull and a Danish Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Danish Colour-Ringed LBBG VK8C

Norwegian Colour-Ringed Common Gull J225
A pair of very confiding (dodgy) R C Pochards were hanging around with all the ducks and swans waiting to be fed.