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Monday, 16 December 2013

Ivory Gull

A punt on leaving in the early hours paid off with the IVORY GULL showing for Liam and myself straight away this morning, only the bird was perhaps two miles away! The views were far from satisfying and the gull was barely discernable as an object of any kind even at high magnification when perched, but in flight its identity was discernable. After waiting in vain for it to come a little nearer, we decided to fetch some lunch and come back, in the hope that it grew tempted to come in for the offerings of fish as an evening meal. This paid off, with the bird flying nearer and perching on the rocks at the edge of the saltmarsh, offering great scope views but we really couldn't have asked for much more when it proceeded to fly around the crowd then show for some time as it ate the fish before flying back towards the Humber. A special Arctic visitor indeed...

Initial views...




...until it came in for a feed