Monday 16 February 2009

Heuglin's Gulls in the United Arab Emirates, Feb 2-9 2009.

This post shows a selection of heuglini photographed on a recent trip to UAE. They nicely illustrate aspects of the jizz, wing tip pattern and late moult of this taxon. Great birds, but of course they are a tricky proposition in western Europe.

Sunday 15 February 2009

White-winged gulls, Peterhead, 14 & 15 Feb 2009

This weekend, 4 Iceland and 3 Glaucous Gulls were around Peterhead. This post shows most of these individuals.

A beautiful, delicate white bird.

2 cy Iceland. Same bird as above

2 cy Iceland. A different individual.

Adult Iceland. I only saw this bird on Saturday

2 cy Iceland
2 cy Glaucous

2 cy Glaucous. A pale, now rather worn bird. This bird has become progressively paler during its extended stay; when it first arrived it was considerably darker and more chevroned than now.

2 cy Glaucous. Same bird as above.