Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Mediterranean at the Warren

Sitting in the West hide, a very faded looking 1st summer MEDITERRANEAN GULL flew in and landed upon one of the islands. Wanting to get some photos, we then headed towards the East hide, where, despite the oncoming sun, we should be closer to the bird.
After some wait, the Med emerged from behind a tussok, but the back lighting was dredful.

As i said, a very tatty bird, as you would expect a Med to look in late June, with very worn tertials, secondarys and Primarys. In flight this led to a very bleached pattern where the black markings on the upperwing were faded.

Also here was a Gadwall with 7 chicks, 3 Teal a Pochard,6 Common Terns and a Cetti's Warbler calling.

Moving down onto the Flashes, one of the LRP broods had hatched, and a single chick was running around accomponied with its parent.
Also great to see was the return of Green Sandpiper to the flashes, with 2 being present in the many channels around the pools

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