Ross's Gull ~ Vlissingen, Netherlands - 27.01.18

Monday, 29 January 2018

What an absolute stunner ...

Ross's Gull 



On Saturday 27th via the Eurotunnel then with a 2hr 30 min drive to Vlissigen in the Netherlands this little beauty played hard to get in the morning before appearing just after midday ...





The light was really not bad at all but the bird at a great distance and no amount of trying would bring it closer so had to settle for massive crops ..









The light failed but on the plus side the bird moved in to the inner harbour and just put on a fantastic afternoons entertainment with fly-bys to nearly touching distance far to close for the 500 and its a shame I did have the 70-200 with me ...






Brilliant day trip ...

Wallcreeper ~ Alquezar, Spain - 28.12.17

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

This trip was based on finding Wallcreeper in the Spanish Pyrenees and whilst doing so some good alpine birds along the way.

Flight in to Zaragoza on the 27th December and back on the 31st with the Hotel in Plasencia Del Monte on the A-132 about 25km from Riglos ..

The Sierra de Guara was the target area for the 28th working from the Gosney guide and as time was limited choose to concentrate on the easy access sites rather than the ones which required walks out through gorges etc ..

With so much potentially good rock faces literally everywhere the chances of finding a Wallcreeper anywhere and on any surface seemed a bit of a needle in a haystack .. 

So I tried Vadiello Dam, Calcon Dam, The bridge between Morrano and Bierge then mid-afternoon at Alquezar with all the sites its about luck finding a Wallcreeper ..
The scenery was stunning whilst driving around the Sierra de Guara with at one point 72 Griffon Vultures circling but it wasn't until I got to the medieval town of Alquezar that I struck lucky ..


I decided to leave the camera behind (bad decision) and have a look around the town first, I got to the castle-like Collegiata 
42.1720N, 0.0276E
and started scanning the rock face then OMFGG there it was a Wallcreeper, constantly active coming towards me and wing flicking showing off its colours. I watched it for about five minutes as it was distant but coming closer, now I had to go get the camera which was ten minutes away, when I got back a lady had pointed to where the bird had come to I would of had to step back to get it in the frame !!

But had to settle for big crops ..







I tried a couple of sites in the Hecho Valley the following day without success.
Then another afternoon visit to Alquezar but this time it was a saturday with a few climbers scaling the rock face probably had the birds feeding elsewhere as I didn't see one ..

Medievel town of Alquezar with the Collegiata on the left



Really easy trip and enjoyed the area must do a summer visit ...





  


3 Caspian Gulls ~ Dungeness, Kent - 23.12.17

Monday, 25 December 2017

With the gull numbers building nicely it seemed like more birds were possible but you cannot complain at 3 Casps, 2x 2nd.Winter and a 1st.Winter, 2nd.Winter Yellow-legged and a 1st.Winter and the brute of a juvenile Glaucous Gull ..

Poor light resulted in iso 6400

2nd. W. Caspian Gull #12














2nd. W. Caspian Gull #13



And then this now the regular 1st. Winter Caspian which has been present at least from the 30.09.17




Same bird 28.10.17


Same bird 30.09.17


Glaucous Gull ~ Juvenile ~ Dungeness, Kent - 23.12.17

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Late afternoon at the fishing boats, Dungeness and after about an hour the big brute of a juvenile Glaucous Gull cruised in and clumsily fed in the melee ..

All shots were taken at iso 6400