Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Juvenile Mediterranean Gull at Orton Mere

My bike broke down as I was cycling home through Orton Mere, Peterborough, tonight. As I was waiting for Jo to rescue me in the car, I sat on the grassy knoll overlooking the small lake. I heard a Kingfisher and scanned to glance it flying by. I also noticed some gulls on the floats on the water and one of them looked distinctly scaly. Aha, I thought: juvenile Med Gull! I'm slightly interested in its pinkish pale legs (not dark as usually illustrated), but I attribute this to it being a young bird. A local breeder?

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