Sunday, 5 February 2012

Firsts!

Friday lunch time at work I popped down to Scarborough harbour, it coincided with high tide and I hoped to see a few Purple Sandpipers, 61 reported recently on a harbour wall.

No Purple sandpipers but thanks to Steve Race (See blogs I follow) for pointing out a first winter Little Gull (header shot) and likewise Kittiwake. I think the Black Headed Gull is, well I know an immature, also first winter?

A day of firsts?

First winter Kittiwake


Adult Kittiwake


Black Headed Gull

The light was difficult with bright sun, time too short but it was great to see these birds.


11 comments:

biker-bri said...

Nice shots in dif conditions, I had same prob on Friday, bright low sun frozen lake, doesn't make life easy
Regards Bri

John said...

Hi Mike,
Have to agree with you about the Black Head, but I am sure the Kittiwake is an adult due to the yellow bill as the juv`s and first winters have a black bill. I am no expert though!
Lovely photos, I do like Kittiwakes, a bird that is having a rather bad time of it lately!
J
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Roy said...

Superb images Mike.
I dont think I have ever seen a Kittiwake.

Mike Randall Bird Photography said...

Thanks Bri.
John, you are of course right the later two shots are an adult kittiwake and the first two a first winter.
Thanks Roy, if you can get up to Scarborough we have plenty of Kittiwakes around the area.

JRandSue said...

Brilliant images Mike.
John.

Mike Randall Bird Photography said...

Thanks for the kind comment John.

chris said...

Excellent shots for the condition Mike...

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