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Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Iceland Gull at Jackstones Pier

With all the reports that this bird was showing well all day I found it impossible to ignore in the end and went down to see it late afternoon. It was showing well both sides of the Jackstones Pier (great name) before flying off towards the Neath rivermouth around 16:00 and may be roosting around there. The Jackstones Pier is located at the southern end of Abreavon Beach which is accessed easily from the car park at the end of Victoria Road.
I agree with Martyn Hnatiuk that this bird shows very mixed bag of plumage features especially the bare parts. It looks good for 1stw to me and is very similar to the Nicholaston Pill bird. This bird, like the Nickolaston bird, is quite large but I think that they are different birds due to the differences in darker looking plumage around the eyes of both birds.
Whatever the case it is a nice bird which may provide much friendlier photo opportunities due to smaller gull flocks which seem to be less wary of human presence than the larger flocks at Oxwich. I know a few birders successfully caught up with this bird today which is great; nice find Colin.

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