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Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Bonaparte's Gull - first solid London record

Bonaparte's Gull is most distinctive in flight, so I was pleased that it gave such a great aerial performance

On Saturday I went to see the first-winter BONAPARTE'S GULL on the Thames at Barking Bay with Phil Wallace. After searching several points along the Thames following it going AWOL, we gave up and headed back. We'd only just got passed the toll at the QEII bridge when it came through that it had returned - an about turn and we were back and after a little bit of difficulty were enjoying clear but fairly distant views of the bird (mainly in flight as it was being harassed by Black-headed Gulls and occasionally getting its own back by giving them a bit of grief). Was a bugger paying the toll twice though.