Friday 30 March 2012

3rd Winter's.....

Another dose of gull watching at 'The Catch' again found the usual collection of Iceland Gulls, but also included these three 3rd Winter's, two of which had faint markings in the primaries...  I reckon these birds demonstrate only well marked Iceland's though, as neither showed any other features of Kumlien's....  anyone care to comment either way?

bird 1

bird 2

and a good clean Iceland;

Monday 19 March 2012

Gulls, Gulls, and more Gulls.....

On a wet and windy Shetland day, I could think of nothing better than a trip to 'Shetland Catch' to see what was hanging about!  I wasn't to be disappointed either, with 2 Kumlien's types, 29+ Iceland Gulls, 1 Glaucous Gull.  As a bonus, the 4 Long-eared Owls were still hanging about in Lerwick too...

2nd Winter Iceland Gull

2nd Winter Iceland Gull
1st Winter Iceland Gull
1st Winter Iceland Gull
Adult Iceland Gull

Adult Iceland Gull

Adult Iceland Gull

Adult Kumlien's Gull

1st Winter Gaucous Gull

1st Winter Greater Black-backed Gull
Adult 'argenteus' Herring Gull

Mean looking 'argentatus' Herring Gull

Saturday 17 March 2012

Long-eared Owl

Below are a few photos of the LEO's that have been resident in Lerwick over the last few weeks......  These individuals are certainly the most photogenic Owl's I've ever seen!

Thursday 8 March 2012

Iceland and Kumlien's Gulls.....

This winter has seen a large influx of White-winged gulls to Shetland. Unsurprisingly they have predominantly been Iceland Gulls like these photographed in Lerwick.....
Adult Iceland
2nd Winter Iceland Gull
With a huge invasion of Iceland Gulls, it was perhaps not surprising they were accompanied by various Kumlien's type gulls.....
Adult and 1st Winter Kumlien's Gulls

3rd Winter Kumlien's Gull

I've added a gallery of the various Kumlien's Gulls to the 'pages' section on the blog.  Just click the link in the sidebar or click here;  Kumlien's Gallery  Any comments on the age or id of these bird is very welcome!