4 March 2012

Glaucous Winged Gulls and other stuff

A Glaucous Winged Gull this afternoon. Not much around today, I took a lot of gull shots.

We went up to Oshamanbe today, it looks like winter has ended. Still freezing but no fresh snow for several days.

I was hoping to see Long Tailed Ducks in the harbour at Oshamanbe. And see them we did. 5 or 6 of them but they didn't come close enough for any decent photos, this heavy crop was the best I could manage.

Aside form the usual common ducks there wasn't much around. I counted 8 or so White Tailed Eagles at various locales but none were close enough to photograph. The Stellers all appear to have left........

Do whilst I was waiting in vain for the Long Tailed Ducks to come closer I checked out the gulls. Usually there are 4 large white headed gull species present in winter. The resident Slaty Backed and the winter visitor Vega Gull are the commonest and they are joined by Glaucous and Glaucous Winged in winter.

My fave is the Glaucous but there weren't so many around today, this rather small dainty individual was the only one close enough to get a shot of.

 I always thought Glaucous Gulls (lets call them GWGs) were the biggest most agressive gull species but not in Hokkaido. I'd say the GWG is the Alpha Seagull in south Hokkaido. This is one with a Slaty Backed on the right.

I snapped a few BIFs of various GWGs.

And a few non BIFS..........

It does seem to be dominant over the Slatybacks. I hardly saw any Vega Gulls today (where are they?) and not many Glaucous either but the GWGs looked like they were in total control of the seafood offal areas in the various harbours we visited. This brute was bullying the Slatybacks for sure........

Liverpool last night? What a nightmare of frustration. We dominated the game but couldn't score in a brothel. If Van Persie played for us we'd be talking about the title instead of the Carling Cup and 6th place at best.

I just watched the Tyne/Tees derby, can I stay up and watch Man U v Spurs? Hmmmmmmm.........maybe not I think especially after that 3rd beer on top of a 5am start this morning.

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  1. It's so nice to be living in that part of Japan where you can get to see many interesting species of gulls. I can just go gull watching all day.

  2. Totally agree on Liverpool Stuart, it's been the whole season - not being able to finish the multitude of chances that the good play creates. Van Persie is a great player and his post match comments oozed class. I have a lot of respect for him as a player and a man.

    Nice shot of all the gulls in one frame.

  3. Nice gull observations. Most gull activity is also starting in Niigata but most will occur in April with Black-headed gulls and Black-taileds. Every year I have to check the fieldguides however, as I usually forget the others.

  4. The tiny swimming bird is so cute,and all gull photos are fantastic,especially like the ones in flight.

  5. Laridophile heaven there Stu - if you think Liverpool are bad try Blackpool - we just keep throwing points away in the last minute for fun so how on earth are they going to get 2nd place like that!!!!



  6. Thanks for the comments.

    Davo-please can we have Robbie Fowler back?


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