I’ve got a bit of a record going when it comes to producing decent birds whenever my parents come to visit. Glossy Ibis, Woodchat Shrike and parading Bitterns have all helped add to the mystique that in reality comes down to nothing more than damn good timing on their part. One species though I am able to provide almost on demand, and that is the Mediterranean Gull. Regular readers will have seen the flock at Bracelet Bay featured on here numerous times previously and I make no apologies for doing so again. This time however I hope you’ll agree that weather conditions and a flooded car park have combined to produce something a little less ordinary.
The young bird in the majority of these photos was easily my tamest Med to date and allowed both my dad and I to approach within a couple of meters. It was perfectly happy to paddle around and preen while we both tried out different angles and camera settings. The surrounding area held at least another ten individuals, one of which was ringed but flew off before I’d had a chance to read it. I guess that means I’ve got a perfect excuse to go back again in the near future (as if I needed one).