With little else to look at, once again my attention was drawn to the gull flock. I eventually picked out 4 Yellow-legs - 3 of these were birds I had seen previously - an adult, a 2nd summer with bleached coverts and a single replaced grey central greater covert (this bird usually sits on its own in front of the island) and a 2nd summer with streaking around the eye. The fourth bird was a new 2nd summer - a large male with a long bill, a black sub terminal band mainly on the upper mandible and long legs which were just beginning to acquire some yellow and still looked pale pink in some angles. It looked taller and bigger than most of the birds around it. I took a record shot at distance as it was in the usual gull spot on the back of the spit.
|Doesn't look quite so big in the water|
Fortunately, when Dave P visited in the afternoon, the gulls were flushed from their usual spot and landed on the near spit. This enabled him to get some better shots of the YL Gulls described above and also read 2 of the darvic rings. His shots are featured below:
|The adult bird|
|2nd summer with streaky eye, plus A7WD LBB Gull|