Friday, 14 February 2014

Park life

Couldn't resist a couple more images of our local Smew, which continues on the boating pond in Alexandra Park today - the first site record for 27 years. It can be showy too ...

... although on a mid-week lunchtime visit there was no sign, so I resorted to adding a few more images to my Common Gull portfolio.

Adult Common Gull, showing black on the outermost six primaries, with significant white mirrors on P10 and P9, white 'moons' on P6 and P5, and a complete black band on P5 (on some black extends to P4).
Third-calendar-year (left) and second-calendar-year (right) Common Gulls, showing the obvious differences in upperwing and tail patterns and leg colour between these ages.

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