I am a volunteer HIWWT warden at the Oysterbed site, North Hayling. We have nesting Black-headed Gulls (about 100 pairs), Common Tern (about 60 pairs), Little Tern (one pair) and Oystercatchers (2 pairs) nesting on the reserve islands. Many more of all types are on the RSPB islands in the harbour. A great place to come and the public are welcome. Please contact me for details of the location.
Last week the Black-headed gulls hatched and the parents are busy feeding them. I thought I would share some images of them with you.
The Black-headed gulls build nests of twigs on the island and have to bring them in from the surrounding land.
Here is a photo of a pair of Black-headed gulls at their nest. One is incubating eggs. To the right is a Common Tern. Unlike the gulls their nest is just a s....e in the gravel. I should be able to show you their chick in the next couple of weeks.
The next photo is of day old Black-headed gull chicks taken last Thursday
The next photos below show the chicks, now 5 days old, being fed.
One chick eats part of the food.
Feeding finished, the adult moves off a short distance and the chicks stay in the safety of the nest.
Hope this is of interest. Comments and suggestions are always welcome.