Sunday, 23 January 2011

Gulls and tings

The last couple of weeks have been a swine flu filled fun time. Despite this I have managed to get away on survey for a bit in the Moray Firth latterly. No great shakes but a few skeins of Pink-feet were the highlights on a choppy trip. I managed a few snaps of Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls and a couple even came out ok considering they were handheld on a boat in seastate 4.

Great Black-backed Gull

Herring Gull

Herring Gull in silhouette

The gull theme was continued today with some Mediterranean Gulls in pretty terrible light at Holbeck car park, Scarborough.

Mediterranean Gull

Mediterranean Gull

Black-headed Gulls

I also tried for the Iceland Gull in Scarborough Harbour. Abject fail - all the gulls were up in the air, presumably due to Peregrines patrolling the air space. A female Red-breasted Merganser in the harbour was a pleasant surprise and the Great Northern Diver was patrolling the South Bay, year ticks both.

Just to prove I'm not gull obsessed here is a Tree Sparrow

Tree Sparrow

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