|The bird on the left is a 1st-cal yr Herring Gull, but what the fuck is that thing next to it, I thought.|
Thanks to both Martin Garner and Chris Gibbins for their input, but it seems this bird is a very worn juvenile Yellow-legged Gull. The cautionary caveat being that this is an extremely tricky individual, so I can't be too hard on myself calling it a Caspian Gull, albeit with a lot of self doubt at the time. Seems my self doubt was well founded. Always learning though, so a good bird to see.
Today, having to pick my daughter up from work at Abbotsbury Tropical Gardens, it was rude not to pop into Abbotsbury Swannery for a lovely Grey Phalarope.
|A gorgeous juvenile, just starting it's moult into 1st-winter plumage.|
Some other bits and bobs from recent times.
|Juvenile Ruffs on Lodmoor. On the lower photo, note the size difference between the ♂ on the left and the ♀ on the right. Wonder if juvenile females are always more saturated with colour?|
A few more waders.
|Adult Icelandic Black-tailed Godwit, in almost full winter plumage, on Lodmoor.|
|Juvenile Little Ringed Plover on Lodmoor.|
|Juvenile Sanderling at Ferrybridge.|
|Worn summer plumaged male Turnstone at Ferrybridge.|
|Juvenile Green Sandpiper on Lodmoor.|
|1st-cal yr Yellow-legged Gull on Lodmoor.|
|Above 2 images of another 1st-cal yr Yellow-legged Gull. This one at Ferrybridge.|
|2nd-cal yr Hobby on Lodmoor.|
|Crap record shot of a juvenile Great Skua at Ferrybridge.|
|Wryneck at Osmington Mills, seen last Friday.|