Showing posts from November, 2017

Winter Chapter: Gulls; My Local gulling hot spot

Hi again folks,

I hope you enjoyed are last post on the first winter Yellow-legged gull. And we thought you might like some more work on gulls! Just to get the brain working. All in all this piece is just to show how gulls can be useful for identification and other birding purposes. It's nice to look at your work and findings in time and see how your birding skills develop and which areas need some work! I hope you enjoy.

(Adult Ring-billed Gull and 3cy type Common Gull By Cian Cardiff)
Just a few brief comment to tell you folks about the place were I became fascinated by gulls and gulling. It all began in a tiny harbour located on the East Coast of Ireland, called Bray Harbour. This area has the river Dargle flowing into it, which seems to be a attraction for most gull species. What I like most about this site, is when the tide drops there is an exposed area of sand and silt that has been build up by the river. This in turn leaves a fantastic area for gulls to wash, feed and re…

Autumn Birding: Yellow-legged Gull

Hi folks,
On my first day back checking the local harbour in Bray, Co.Wicklow I was delighted to arrive and see up to 30 European Herring Gulls (Larus argentatus), on the small beach at high tide. This gave me a chance to get some nice images of the varies ages and plumages. But what I didn't expect to pick up was anything rare! For the past 3 years I've been trying to find a 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis) amongest the large Larus numbers there.

So, as I was walking in amongest the Herrings I picked up a lovely showy 1st winter Great Black-backed Gull and was trying to photograph it. But then another big Larus to it's left on the slip way caught my attention, very white headed and with a large chuncky black bill! Could it finally be the 1st winter Yellow-legged I thought would one day appear?  So I took several close up images of this bird and then took some poor quality flight shots, to view the tail. Low and behold the tail was stunning like a immatur…