Monday, 16 March 2009

Up close and personal with a Glaucous Gull

This bird is the first year Glaucous Gull which has spent all winter in Newlyn Harbour. Given the size of this gull, it is approachable and remarkably docile, allowing ridiculously close views. So close that you can see its' eye brows and the living bugs near its' eyes. First year gulls can be aged by their dark eyes, with the iris becoming pale at adult. Newlyn Harbour is the best site in the region for rare gulls and this individual could often be seen with two Iceland Gulls that also wintered in the harbour.





7 comments:

  1. Truly professional photography.My goal posts have moved again.
    Sam

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  2. Top notch,outstanding images.
    John.

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  3. Steve - You know how much time i spend at Stithians however two weeks ago your photo's of the Hawfinch inspired me to go to Bodmin. On Sunday your Ring Ouzel photo's inspired me to go to Gwithian. I have so far resisted the temptation to go to Newlyn for this gull but i have just weakened and caved in. I'll be down there weekend. Great photo's.

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  4. Hello Steve some great pictures as always I must get a better lens, yes you were right it was Nanquidno well spotted, best wishes Keith

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  5. Hi Keith, thanks for the comment. I recognised the Mill immediately in your shot. The property disappoints me as no one ever lives there for more than two weeks a year bur excites me as I love the house and even better, the valley it sits in!

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  6. Sharp as you like ...... nice series, cheers - mark

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