A web site dedicated to gulls in North East Scotland and beyond
Monday 24 January 2011
An interesting Iceland Gull
This bird was present at Peterhead on Saturday. It shows a contrast between extremely worn outer and fresh inner primaries.
It is clear from this and the images below that the bird has suspended its primary moult. Its secondaries are also unusual, with a mixture of fresh (presumably moulted in in the autumn) and extremely abraded (retained) and missing feathers.
I live close to the village of Newburgh in North-east Scotland. My local birding patch is the Ythan estuary and, especially in the winter months, Peterhead. Nowadays most of my birding time is spent gull watching.
This web site is really just a way to make my pictures useful in some way, rather than having them sitting unused on my computer. I hope you find them interesting, useful and stimulating. Most pictures are gulls, but there are some other birds dotted around - please browse through the older posts...