In summer 2015 Visa Rauste and myself were fortunate in being able to join Andreas Buchheim for a 6 week trip to look at gulls (and other stuff) in Mongolia. Here are some gull images from the trip....I can still scarcely believe it was all real....
First a few images of the lakes we visited to look at gulls. Fantastic environments.
Visa taking pics of mongolicus
Most of the trip was spent taking photos in the field, but we did do quite a bit of ringing (mainly non-gulls). This pic shows Visa and Andreas ringing a young Great Black-headed Gull. Okay....holiday pictures over... now to some gulls...
We visited a Relict Gull colony; here are a few images of this species....
Great Black-headed Gulls were frequently encountered, often in mixed colonies with mongolicus. A few adults are here.
My nickname on the trip became 'delete-man' because of my habit of deleting poor (blurred) images as I went along, to save space on my memory cards. Despite deleting probably the majority of the images I took, I still came back with 7000 photos of mongolicus. I will spare you this number....here are just a few adults.
Colony with mongolicus and GBHG
The wings are raised here but this is related to the fact that these two are about to jump at each other and fight....so not really the long-call posture.
These were paired, despite one being only a 3 cy.
Squabbling over some meat
Chasing off a Black-eared Kite
One of our targets...birds wing-tagged by Andreas
Now a selection of flying birds. In general, note how extensive the black is (typically inwards to P4) but also the variability in P10 pattern (both mirror and the tongue). Some become rather cachinnans-like, as you will see....
Well, it just remains for me to THANKYOU to Andreas for letting me join you on the trip. I cannot imagine enjoying a trip more...the place, the birds, the company. And thanks to Visa... I always learn so much from you.