Sunday, 23 February 2014

Littlehampton (23 February 2013)

After a quick look at Southwick Canal which produced distant telescope views of the first-winter Glaucous Gull hanging in the wind over the eastern end (I was at the hut opposite the Power Station) I headed to Littlehampton as I was keen to see the Kumlien's Gull in decent light.  Both it and the second winter Glaucous Gull were showing well, when not being disturbed by photographers, dogs or the lifeboat crew doing an exercise.  Also 215 Mediterranean Gulls, mostly adults but one first winter and about 10 second winters.  I came back via Goring Gap where I saw another 6 Mediterranean Gulls (5 adults and one second-winter) and an adult Little Gull over Brooklands while stopped at the traffic lights.
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Second-winter Glaucous Gull at Littlehampton showing its pale eye


how close do some people need to get?
although this time it was flushed by a dog

... and soon came back

it wasn't long before it was disturbed
Kumlien's Gull at Littlehampton, just as susceptible to disturbance
looking quite Iceland like in this shot with small bill and rounded head

it looked less coarsely marked than when previously seen in poor light



well worth going back for a second look

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