After an enjoyable and surprisingly productive Friday, the weekend carried on in similar fashion. It's been a good weekend indeed!
All I had time for on Saturday was a mid afternoon look along the Estuary, but it proved so rewarding with a stunning example of a first-winter (2cy) Caspian Gull amongst the large numbers of loafing gulls. The Axe's 24th, my 15th, and quite possibly my personal favourite to date...
|The most striking 1w Caspian Gull possible!|
|White, grey, brown, black.|
|A snow head white, with long narrow bill and a black bullet hole for an eye|
|Whiter than white, even under its wings! That's a similarly aged Herring Gull in front - so so different!|
|Bill noticeably pale with dark tip|
- Clean white and sloping fronted head, and breast with slight grey flecking around rear of neck.
- Almost pure grey mantle with little brown - advanced for a 1w bird.
- Coverts (especially Greater) plain and almost solidly dark, with some narrow pale edging/tips.
- All dark tertials with pale tips.
- Narrow and parallel bill mostly pale with a dark tip.
- An overall big and 'beefy' looking bird.
|Just as white as its head under there! And look at those dangling long legs|
|Underwing compared with a similarly aged Herring Gull above and to the right|
|Best upperwing and uppertail shot I got. Striking tail pattern, and note the solidly dark secondaries with pale tips|
|Thrilled with this shot, with a second-winter Great Black-backed. Note the already moulted grey inner primaries and once again those long gangly pale pink legs!|
|Not quite a scenic as I was hoping for my first Wheatear of the year!|
|Dark-bellied Brent Goose showing well on Sheep's Marsh|