We are Tony, Mark and Steve, three birders who met up whilst serving in the Royal Navy. This Blog will be a record of our collective birding and wildlife watching exploits. Mainly in and around the county of Hampshire, but occasionally farther afield.
The Glaucous Gulls were sharing their patch of the beach with seven Sanderling. These birds are always a favourite. As with the Gulls I just stayed in one position and let the waders come towards me.Sanderling, Southsea, 4 Feb 2009The birds were busy feeding as usual, just infront of the oncoming surf. They seemed quite partial to the various shell fish that were washed up on the beach. They had to work fast though as the various patrolling Gulls were quick to pounce.Sanderling, Southsea, 4 Feb 2009Common Gull, Southsea, 4 Feb 2009Herring Gull, 1st winter (hopefully), Southsea, 4 Feb 2009
After my brief visit lasting all of 30 minutes on Monday, I decided today to have a little more time with the birds and hopefully catch up with the adult bird. After parking by the D-Day museum I popped up onto the front to be greeted by strong winds and quite a sea spray. The conditions did not bother me overly as both Glaucous Gulls were roosting on the beach just to the east of the castle. Glaucous Gull, Adult, Southsea, 4 Feb 2009Glaucous Gull, Second winter, Southsea, 4 Feb 2009
I gingerly inched my way along the sea wall and neither bird showed any anxiety. I spent the next one and half hours in their company. The adult although not looking quite 100% was feeding quite well on the tideline.Adult close in
Both birds were frequently in the air, patrolling up and down the beach. I simply sat in the same position and let the birds fly right past me.The adult bird was certainly comfortable in the air as it made another of the many passes during the period I watched.Both birds eventually settled down again to roost again just a little further east from their original position.