Friday, February 17, 2012

Brown-headed Gulls, mostly

Whiskered Tern

A Brown-headed Gull with a couple of Black-headed Gulls

Spot-billed Ducks

Lakota Lake is a very strange place, but packed with bird life. It is in the heart of the city of Jamnagar and in one of its two parts there is a mighty palace (now a museum) in the centre, reached by a raised pier. All around people put out huge quantities of seed and so on for the birds. Common Pigeons and Rose-coloured Starligns gather in large numbers for the feast and down on the water there are plentiful Spot-billed Ducks and other waterfowl.
The Brown-headed Gulls were competeing with flocks of Whiskered Terns and Black-headed Gulls for food chucked into the water. Brow-headeds are odd looking beasts. On the water, they look like large Black-headeds with disturbing, staring, pale eyes. In flight, their completely different wing pattern is revealed.

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