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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Cardiff Bay gull roost

An impressive gull roost tonight compared with previous evenings. Some 5,000+ large gulls congregated around the mouth of the Taff and off the Wetland Reserve. At least 2 adult yellow legged gulls in the flock. Also an interesting gull which I watched for some 40 - 50 minutes. Photos are phone scoped at distance and with choppy water. I have my views it would interesting what others think.


Mark Hipkin said...

Interesting looking bird Gareth. It certainly looks a good candidate for Caspian Gull. Obviously, it would be good to see some more photos of this bird showing a bit more detail and alongside Herring Gulls for comparison. However, certainly worth putting in some more time getting clinching views and record shots in my opinion. Might give it a go tomorrow myself if weather holds.

Gareth Stamp said...

I watched this bird for a prolonged period approx. 40 - 50 minutes. It screamed Caspian gull and I had good comparison with both herring and yellow legged gull (briefly). The mantle looks dark in the photos but this was very much dependant on light. In the field the mantle was a shade darker than herring. Structurally it looked sound but sadly never flapped its wings. I have more photos but they show little more detail.