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Sunday, 23 February 2014

Burry Holms & Broughton Bay

Video grab of one of the two 2cy Iceland Gulls on Rhossili Beach.
Note the slightly darker outer webs of the outer primaries.
Additions to Chris Brewer's 2cy Glaucous at B.H. and 2cy Iceland at B.B. this morning included an second 2cy Iceland on Rhossili Beach at B.H. along with the (long-staying?) Nelson's Gull and 2 adult Little Gulls. With ever so slightly darker outer primaries, one of the Iceland's had a hint of Kumlien's about it, but essentially it looked pretty much typical glaucoides (video link HERE). Also of note were hundreds of Black-headed Gulls including a very leucistic bird that looked bright white at first glance. 60+ Kittiwakes milling around too, some drifting along the dune edge - very odd behaviour for this species!
In Broughton Bay a more typical and well marked 2cy Kumlien's was on the beach, occasionally taking flight and showing its features well. A great bird to round off an afternoon stroll to blow out the cobwebs!

1 comment:

Mark Hipkin said...

Great stuff Barry. I'm really enjoying the bite-sized video clips. The year so far can certainly be summed up under the heading of 'Gulls." The highs and the lows in my case!