Thursday, 12 October 2017

Sorry for the lack of posts recently ,here is a selection of birds seen on the Hayle estuary over the last two or three months.

 Juvenile Yellow Legged Gull.
 Left bird with juvenile Herring Gull .
 Middle bird with Herring Gulls.

 On the right with juvenile Herring Gull.
 On the left with Juvenile Herring Gull.
 Common Tern.
 Pectoral Sandpiper a brief fly through on the 18 th of August.
 First calendar year Yellow Legged Gull.
 As above.
 As above.
 Juvenile Kittiwake.
 First calendar year Yellow Legged Gull.

 Below with Herring Gull above.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Juvenile Yellow legged Gull Hayle Estuary tuesday.

 A classic bird and a good opportunity to note some key features,note the deep heavy based bill with a pronounced gonydeal angle and hooked tip,long looking rear end and long legs, it was a brute of a bird so presumably a male.
 The neat black tail band and white upper tail coverts with internal blackish markings stand out well here as does the paler head with the dark eye mask.

 The dark brown tertials with neat fine pale edges are obvious in this shot.
 Note the lack of an obvious pale window on the inner primaries and the white edging  to the wing coverts giving it a scaled look.

The under tail coverts ,white with widely spaced black barring show well here.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Presumed second summer/third calendar year Yellow Legged Gull on the Hayle estuary yesterday morning.

 Drake Gadwall
 Adult Mediterranean Gull in summer plumage.

 Swift over my back garden.
House Martin.