21 May 2014

The quietest


A Black Headed Gull, part of a flock at Kamiiso a couple of days ago. This is only a winter/passage visitor to Japan so we don't get to see them in their summer finery much...................

An extremely quiet spring migration season is drawing to an end. I wish I had something more interesting to post than a Black Headed Gull.

Still, their harsh calls take me back to the Ribble Marshes and Leighton Moss in summer. Sadly I haven't been to the UK in late spring/early summer this century.

10 comments:

  1. I think it's an interesting bird, and a really terrific shot!

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  2. Some years are like that I guess! I think Chocolate-headed would be a better name for these gulls.

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    1. Yes one of the most misnamed birds in the world...............

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  3. A very nice shot, Stu. I think they look more exotic than the Silver Gulls I'm more familiar with in Australia. I'm excited to see them here. They were everywhere when I first arrived in Niigata now they are pretty rare... Where I'm looking anyhow. Thanks heaps for identifying the thrush. I felt confused by the birders here but too lazy to look further.

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    1. Silver Gull was the ONLY gull species I have ever seen in the southern hemisphere...................

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    2. We do have Pacific Gulls regularly around Melbourne, and Kelp Gulls not too far away near Philip Island.

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    1. Hi John, yes the light was grear but only a few gulls around to be photographed.............

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