Sunday 12 February 2012

Iceland Gulls and a dark Herring

All these birds are from Peterhead at the weekend. Above is a dark bodied Herring Gull; dark bodied birds are not uncommon, but this bird is not only dark, but the dark tones are rather velvety, giving it a 'Neararctic feel', and contrasts with the pale head. Otherwise it is a normal Herring Gull (in terms of tail pattern etc).

Numbers of Iceland Gulls have dropped off (around 10 were present) but still impressive. All the remaining shots show a selection of individuals present at the weekend.

Despite the shadowing in the primaries, this is a glaucoides.

Tesco 47 p per loaf bread has been a winner during the white-winged invasion. At the peak 0f the invasion a couple of weeks ago the ratio was more than 1 white-winged gull for every loaf used (averaging 20 loaves per weekend). The peak is over, birds appear to be moving off and now im only seeing around 12 white-wings for my 20 loaves - so ratio poorer than 1:1 :)

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