|Very distant record shot of the 1st-year Glaucous Gull at West Bexington.|
With not much else happening here, I decided to walk to Abbotsbury Beach. On reaching Abbotsbury Beach, I noticed lots of large gulls on the seaward side in the area of the tank teeth. Looking through groups of gulls on the sea, I came across another white winger and BINGO, a 2nd-winter Kumlien's Gull. Identification confirmed, I then proceeded to photograph the bird as best I could. The record shots below show the salient features.
|3rd-calender year Kumlien's Gull.|
|Note primary pattern, being greyish with neat pale fringes.|
|Note dark pigmented primaries restricted to outermost feathers.|
|Note the tail band.|
On a sunny day, because of the light, best looked for in the afternoon. Did actually go back with Alan Barrett this afternoon, but all we could locate was the 1st-winter Glaucous Gull. The gulls were further east of the tank teeth than earlier and time and energy didn't allow us to go any further.