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Friday, 29 June 2012

Gull-billed Tern south of Loughor Bridge (26/6/12)

A few more shots from the 26th June 2012 where the bird showed well but the weather was awful. A video of the bird from that day, when it performed entirely in Glamorgan, can be found on the link at the bottom of the post.

Gull-billed Tern video


Jeff said...

Very nice video clip Mark,looks looks like the bird moved on after 27th,one appeared late p.m at Lodmor in Dorset on 29th,has to be the same bird I would think.

Mark Hipkin said...

Thanks Jeff. Two birds turned up in the evening 29th June. 1 in Ballyneety, Waterford and, as you have mentioned, another in Lodmoor, Dorset. I guess both birds could possibly relate to our bird moved on?
Although my photos aren't good enough to say for sure there does seem to be a distinctive feature on the right wing of our bird where either P8 is completely pale or missing? It's especially noticeable on the black trailing edge on the upper wing which consistently shows a break. There is also a pale panel which contrasts with the adjacent greyer primaries, in the P8 region.
I haven't seen any photos of the birds from Dorset or Waterford to see if either shows the same feature.

Jeff said...

Good point,discounted the Irish bird on distance but probably not a great deal further than Lodmoor.
It would be interesting to make a comparison between "our's" and either of the other birds should any photographs eventually surface.