What a thrill to have this beauty back on my doorstep for another winter and looking absolutely majestic!
It was almost midday when I found the bird happily sat on the water at Eagle Pond, eagerly waiting for the next opportunity to steal some bread from an unsuspecting Black-headed Gull. The light isn't great at this time of day and I spent most of the time pointing the camera towards the low autumn sun, but at least there will be plenty of opportunity to improve on these photos over the coming winter months.
This is now the 5th consecutive year this Caspian Gull has spent the winter in the Wanstead/Snaresbrook area and I've been fortunate to have watched it slowly go through various ages and moults from 1st-winter back in December 2015 to full blown adult here in 2020.
It clearly loves the area or should I say the bread that's in constant supply from the duck feeding public, and long may it continue to come back year after year as watching and photographing a local Caspian Gull sure brightens up a quiet winters day when nothings happening on the patch at Wanstead.