Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Venus Pool - Med Gull passage

The afternoon was going nowhere a couple of Green Sandpipers, Little Egret, Kingfisher, nothing ever changes of late.....

And then a 30 strong group of Lesser Black-backed Gull drifted in, closely followed by a 100+ group of  Black-headed Gulls. Yessssss something to check through at last - and it didn't take long to find a juvenile Mediterranean Gull lurking amongst them :-)


If you look closely in the first pic, the Med is sporting a green ring but sadly it always seemed to be a hollow or behind something before moving on to the back of the island and out of view....



Another 20 minutes elapsed and yet another wave of 30+ Lessers dropped in plus another 50 Black-heads, crikey nothing ever happens at VP on the gull front! And a scour through the newcomers revealed another two Med Gulls - these were second summer birds!


Here's the first strutting his stuff...


And for the disbelievers who think all Gulls look the same :-)


Rain was falling now and something helpful spooked some of the Gulls....






Cos as they landed, there's the second 2nd Summer bird and that was pretty obvious as a red ring is visible!


I fired off a few speculative shots and luckily, the letters 'PPRT' are clearly visible!




 Meanwhile, the juvenile had now relocated to the middle island....



And was about to have his letters 'ASJC' taken :-)








Best session I've had at VP in a long time and once I get the ringing details back from Euring, I'll update the blog......

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