Saturday, 8 February 2020

Beckton Iceland Gull

Away from the patch and just a short trip down the A406 I enjoyed a good morning session photographing the Beckton juvenile Iceland Gull. I've been meaning to pop over to see this bird for sometime as I haven't seen a London Iceland Gull in almost six years. The views were initially distant as the bird loafed around the roof of the recycling centre on the opposite side of the creek, but then Shaun Harvey rocked up carrying a weeks supply of various kinds of stale bread. This worked an absolute treat as the bird soon joined the melee of gulls fighting over the goodies. Whilst the bread lasted we both enjoyed some great views of a very smart Arctic Gull - just a word of warning for anyone else thinking of doing the same, don't use tortilla wraps! These frisbee shaped flatbreads are great for throwing some distance but the gulls just ignored them.

Juvenile, White-winger

Juvenile, White-winger

Juvenile, White-winger


Juvenile, White-winger

Juvenile, White-winger

Juvenile, White-winger

Juvenile, White-winger

Juvenile, White-winger

Juvenile, White-winger

Juvenile, White-winger

Sunday, 2 February 2020

Wintering Turtle Dove

It's taken me a couple of attempts but I've finally caught up with the wintering Turtle Dove at Valentines Park, Ilford - and to say I'm chuffed would be an understatement!

We all know just how rare these birds have become but to put it into some kind of personal context this is the first Turtle Dove I've seen in the London recording area for almost 3 years, the last one being in the spring of 2017 at Rainham Marsh, and that was just a brief view as it rapidly flew along the sea wall. I've been birding at Wanstead for almost a decade now and I've never seen one on the patch! Each and every Turtle Dove you see should be cherished as who knows when you'll see another one, so if you haven't made the trip to Ilford yet...then go, I'm so pleased I did.

Wintering, London, UK

Wintering, London, UK