Friday, 11 January 2008

Dots Flying by!

With Nigel Jarman seeing the Glaucous Gull again last weekend I took another look at the stormy sea in the hope that it would reappear. There weren't many large gulls in the bay but a look out from the bay revealed lots of auks passing. With the naked eye they look like back dots in front of the ferry, but with a telephoto lens you can just about see they're birds.
Those that were on the sea bobbed up and down and were seldom in view for more than a second at a time. All those that I identified were Guillemots, as were all the flying birds I could be certain about.
Just one or two were close enough to get an image that was recognisable, alongside there were quite a few Common Gulls and Black-headed Gulls and out at sea both Kittiwakes and Fulmars were showing well.
Along reach Road many of the large gulls were roosting on the fields, some just lazing about and some preening. When they took off I quite like the pattern this group of herring Gulls made.

Most of the birds were Herring Gulls, in the top group, that was the right hand end of the line there are some Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Their back are particularly black, more a slate grey. The head poking above the others in the bottom group, at the right hand side is the only Greater Black-backed that was with them. As well as being larger it does have a much blacker back and its legs are pink whereas the Lessers are yellow.

In the horrid wet conditions I saw little else apart from a couple of Rock Pipits on the beach and one Great-crested Grebe on the sea.

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