Monday, 30 January 2012

More of the same again

My usual visit to Nimmo's Pier is still turning up new Iceland Gulls. This 2nd Winter was not shy coming to bread. The Ring-billed Gulls appear to be hanging out together, the possibility of a male and a female and therefore breeding Ring-bills in Ireland.





Sunday, 22 January 2012

pasty sea rats/food species

More 'pasty sea rats/food species' as one of Galways more eminent birders describes Sea Gulls. ;-)








Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Kumlien's almost part 3

A couple of 1st winter Iceland Gulls got my attention at Nimmo's yesterday and was sure one was a Kumlien's. But not this time. There is a dark leading edge to the primaries but not enough to put them in the Kumliens range.




Monday, 9 January 2012

Kumlien's Part 2

Kumlien's Gull was a bit more cooperative this morning and there was just a hint of sunshine which help with the following shots.

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Sunday, 8 January 2012

Kumlien's Gull

A Few Kumliens's Gulls have been reported at Nimmo's and Waterside for the past week. I only got to see one of them today. A very grubby looking gull and I assume its a 2nd winter bird.  Kumlien's are believed to be hybrid gulls between Iceland and Thayers Gulls.
Also attached afew more shots of  1st winter Iceland Gull








Saturday, 7 January 2012

Even more GULLS

Waterside had an interesting Ring-billed Gull or could even be a hybrid. I almost did not take the shot as it had blue legs which would normally be a Common Gull, a RBG should have yellow legs. But this gull says Ring-bill all the way. Got some reasonably flight shots of a 1st winter Iceland Gull at Waterside. A 2nd winter Iceland also dropped in for a few min.








Wednesday, 4 January 2012

More Iceland Gulls

Nimmo's starting to delivery a few Iceland Gulls to keep the interest going for a while yet in such bad weather. Adult and 3rd winter birds.




Monday, 2 January 2012

Icelands arrive in Galway

Better late then never, 4 Iceland Gulls put in an appearance at Waterside this morning. Normal showing up well before Christmas these guys a very late arrivals. Compare to 3 years ago when 17 birds were present on the slipway and I have one photo with 8 birds in one frame.

Iceland Gull
Larus glaucoides
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Gull 1
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Gull 2
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Gull 3
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Gull 4
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