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Sunday, 9 February 2014

Ross's Gull still at Afan river mouth

Last night what I wanted more than anything was for the Ross's Gull to be still present this morning. I was also hoping that it would show well for everyone. In the main my hopes were realised although as I write this I don't think it has been seen for about 2-3hrs and some birders getting there as I was leaving will still be hoping it makes a reappearance. Me too.
Undoubtedly, there will be better photos to follow this set, which is a lot bigger than I would normally consider posting. However, to find a bird like this on a local patch (but not my patchwork patch - doh) still feels like a dream to me. For that reason I've decided to post all my favourite digiscoped pics from this morning in one go. Even more special to me though, was the upbeat atmosphere created by the Ross's Gull. With the good turnover of local birders and some from further afield coming and going throughout the morning, it seemed that anytime the Ross's Gull was on view there would be high-spirited voices describing it's every move. That's when you know it's a good bird. Happy days...





6 comments:

Paul Larkin said...

You post as many as you like Mark, its a cracker! Well done. If it sticks I might even try to get down from Kent this week.

Rob T said...

Wow, fantastic Mark -what a beauty! So glad it stuck around for you :)

Darren Coombs said...

Superb find Mark! Cracking set of pics - awesome views this morning with a great atmosphere amongst the assembled birders.

Dave A said...

Top find Mark, well done. Surely you can have a beer now!

Paul Tabor said...

well done mark for the find gutted we couldn't get views of it on the beach for reason's you know why, but thanks for showing it to us through the scope before it dissapeared.

David Carrington said...

Keep news coming out this week please. A lot of us dipped this afternoon.