Garth Peacock
About time for an update.


Good weather at last

Friday 17th May 2019

5 days of not a lot

Saturday 4th May 2019

Week ending 26th April 2019

Monday 29th April 2019

The last couple of weeks or so

Wednesday 17th April 2019

Wales - Day 5

Monday 15th April 2019

Wales - Day4

Thursday 11th April 2019

North Wales - Day 3

Tuesday 9th April 2019

North Wales - Day 1 and 2

Sunday 7th April 2019

March so Far

Wednesday 13th March 2019

The last seven days

Monday 18th February 2019

The last two weeks of January

Wednesday 6th February 2019

Wildfowl Week

Monday 21st January 2019

Slim pickings for a month.

Monday 14th January 2019

Last one for 2018

Tuesday 11th December 2018

A week to remember

Monday 3rd December 2018

A couple of trips to norfolk

Friday 16th November 2018

Deer and more Deer

Thursday 15th November 2018

Some activity at last.

Saturday 3rd November 2018

Welney Widlife Trust Norfolk

Monday 22nd October 2018

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Friday 10th August 2018

Well, it has been nearly three weeks since I last put pen to paper, so to speak. However, I have only been out twice as I have been away on holiday for the past week and did not have time to report on two visits to Grafham Water, the main objective to photograph Yellow-legged Gulls that had been reported there.

My first trip was 26th July, another hot day forecast so an early start, beginning at the dam. A few gulls on the walkway to the water tower and one was a Yellow-legged Gull, a 3CY (third calendar year) so not an adult and not the best location for a photo.

With no others on show, I made my way to the harbour but too much human activity so I carried on to the hide overlooking Valley Creek. With dead calm conditions I amused myself with reflection shots of common species - Mallard

Canada Goose

A juvenile Black-headed Gull flew in

and a Cormorant decided to have a long bathe

And that was it as the temperature rose so off back home for lunch.

The second visit was on 1st August, just before my holiday - another warm day but some fair weather cloud around.

Approaching the dam, all I could see was a line of fishermen into the distance - nothing doing there and nothing of interest in the harbour either, once again due to human activity. Well, it is school holiday time so not surprising so back to the hide for the rest of the morning.

First to show was a large gull settling on the wooden groyne. A sub-adult Great Black-backed Gull

and then a Lesser Black-backed gull flew in to feed on a dead fish

A Little Egret passed the hide while fishing and a juvenile Whitethroat made an appearance.

And then my target, a Yellow-legged Gull flew in to land on the groyne and then land in the water

But wait a minute, this has pinkish legs, not yellow. Now I am rubbish at identifying gulls but I have a friend, James Hanlon who is very knowledgeable and my port of call if I am unsure. So I duly sent him a copy that evening and was surprised that he identified it as an adult Caspian Gull - quite a rarity and totally unexpected. The first rule of birding - expect the unexpected - I failed!!!!

That created quite a stir with local birders but, unfortunately, not with me as I have loads of good photos of Caspian Gull from my trips to Hungary and Romania. I really wanted a Yellow-legged Gull so will now return to see if it will be third time lucky.