This blog is about my birding exploits, which mainly take place in the Weymouth/Portland area, in Dorset. Will also include stuff from elsewhere, plus some other critters too. Hope you enjoy. All photographs are © Brett Spencer, unless indicated otherwise. The above image is of a Siberian Rubythroat, taken in Holland in 2016.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Dipper and Scandinavian Herring Gull

Went out to west Dorset, which was full of people rather than birds. Highlight was a Dipper showing well at Lyme Regis.

Sadly, it was in the shade.

This 1st-winter Grey Wagtail was feeding on a profusion of flies on Lyme Regis seafront.

Before going home, popped into Radipole Lake by the visitor centre to see if there were any gulls of interest. Thankfully, there was. First seen by Luke on 5th January and again on 12th, the 2nd-calender year Scandinavian Herring Gull made another appearance.

A typical 2nd-calender year British Herring Gull L.a.argenteus for comparison.

Check out how snouty it looks in this pose. Compare the wing coverts, tertials and tail with the bird above. 

The light was dreadful for the flight shots, but on taking to the air, it's longer winged appearance was immediately apparent, giving it an appearance structurally reminiscent of Great black-backed Gull. 

1 comment:

Steve Carey said...

Fantastic Series Brett