Mediterranean Gulls at Bracelet Bay

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 Adam Tilt 12 Comments


We were up in Leeds this past weekend visiting family on what, despite a brief snow shower, turned out to be a very sunny couple of days. The presence of our favourite glowing orb was rather timely as Emma's parents house has just been fitted with solar panels, the readout from which quickly became rather addictive as we tried to suss out why certain panels were producing better output than others (for those interested it turned out that shadows being cast from a lamppost and the still erected scaffolding were to blame). I'm still not entirely convinced by the green credentials of such technology, but as a gadget they are absolutely brilliant. Away from the house we enjoyed a couple of very nice walks through the Yorkshire countryside which included sightings of three Goosander and a dipping Dipper along the river Ure. Photographically I didn't capture anything worthwhile but fortunately I still have a few to share from the previous Saturday.

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Having reached the end of my Whitford walk I still had an hour or so before the sun went down and in a toss up between watching the Hen Harriers come in to roost over Llanrhidian Marsh or heading over to Mumbles for the Mediterranean Gulls, Mumbles won.

25554 - Mediterranean Gull, Bracelet Bay

I'd been watching the cloud slowly build and by the time I got to Bracelet Bay the sun was but a fond memory and the temperature had dropped like a stone. The Mediterranean Gulls weren't on their usual piece of grass or on the rocks beneath the car park, and at first the juvenile pictured above was the only individual I could find. Posing on a CCTV camera doesn't give the most natural of settings but it is a true representation of how this colony likes to hang out.

A commotion up towards the Big Apple (a novelty shaped seasonal shop not the American city) soon had the rest of the group located though I was sorry to see that they have adopted the habits of their less exotic Black Headed cousins and were busy feeding on chips being thrown from a car. The best photo opportunities were again on the surrounding posts with this developing summer plumaged bird the pick of the bunch.

25557 - Mediterranean Gull, Bracelet Bay

With a prime view of the chip killing field it wasn't long before the Med had some company on its perch in the shape of two Black Headed Gulls, company of which it clearly was not impressed. The insults fell on deaf ears however and it was ultimately the Med who was forced to move on after another landed almost directly on top of its head.

25558 - Mediterranean Gull, Bracelet Bay

With so much movement taking place it was hard to work out exactly how many Mediterranean Gulls were present, but an estimate of around twenty would be pretty much on the money. I didn't see any ringed birds on this occasion but there was a nice smattering of full summer plumage on offer. My vantage point also gave a great view over Mumbles Pier which has started to be dismantled ready for its restoration. I'm going to miss the Kittiwakes this year who for the time being at least are going to have to find somewhere else to nest. Lets hope they return once the work has been completed.

12 comments:

  1. glad you got to see some sun (i'd LOVE solar panels to generate energy!) :)

    the gulls are cute, even if they're cranky with one another.

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  2. That last photo is priceless!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  3. Gulls are always so great to watch!

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  4. Great shots, I love the bottom shot with two gulls ignoring the talking one, LOL!

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  5. Great shots of the gulls Adam.

    Let's hope the Kittiwakes return after the restoration work.

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  6. GULLS are so much fun, these shots you brought back really show that playful and social side of these wonderful birds!!

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  7. Great photos of all the Gulls.

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  8. great photos of the gulls, looks like one gull is talking to the others in the last photo

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  9. At the risk of being redundant, I'll say again how much I enjoy your writing. Chip killing fields indeed!
    Let's hope solar technology pans out on a large scale...kind of funny to say that seeing how the sun powers most everything anyway!
    Cheers!

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  10. Hi there - nice shot of the Med Gull - never seem one in anything other than winter clothes (both me and the bird!)

    Nice post.

    Stewart M - Australia.

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  11. Wow thanks all once again for your very kind comments. Always a pleasure to read them and thanks for stopping by.

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