Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Venus Pool - ***** Sabine's Gull *****

What a double over a 12 hour period! First the Grey Phalarope but bigger things were in store once I'd got over the angst of not spotting a very important message on my mobile! The mega hungry Martyn Owen had scored again and this time at Venus Pool - a juv Sabine's Gull - they don't come much bigger than this!! Problem was, I'd 'lost' 20 minutes or so since the message came in and it was a pretty scary drive to VP muttering stay, stay, stay!!

The muttering paid off - it was still there on arrival! Problem was, it was tucked up in the cow drink at the Southern end - directly into the light :-(
I was not surprisingly, relieved and over the moon just to see it but there was no chance of any decent images sadly. The following were all that I could rescue from the situation.....

The arrival tick....





The flight a little nearer (still into the light!)





The landing with those translucent secondaries and inner primaries on fire!





Brief float on the water....



before off again.....



A brief stop against the far reed bed.....



followed by the last thing we wanted to see...







.....the sight I was dreading as several friends were homing in fast, this flight was to be the last we would see of it :-(



Oh well, if you want to see some better images of a similar bird, here' s the Westport bird in August 2008 or and the Belvide Sabs from just a week ago.

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