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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Bonaparte's Gull

Bonaparte's Gull (background) and Black-headed Gull

Twitched an adult Bonaparte's Gull in Eastbourne yesterday. This individual has been frequenting Crumbles Pond at Princes Park and is associating with wintering Black-headed Gulls. I arrived about 09:00 am after a 1 hour 40 minute drive. There were a few birders on site already but the bird had not been seen.


The bird showed finally at just after 10:30 am, to the relief of more traveling birders. It really put on a good show, doing slow fly-by and sitting pretty on a very calm lake. Most of the photographers there filled their data cards to the brim. I got a few record shots but that's about it. Nice crowd today and very cool and rare bird. 



Black-headed Gulls



http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/RealData/gallery_show.asp?GalleryID=17868

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