Friday, February 10, 2012

Iceland gulls coming to a theatre near you!

Lately 3 Iceland gulls have been visiting the Gate cinema area of Cork city. Which just so happens to be a stone’s throw from my house. The weather and lighting hasn’t generally been great but I nevertheless managed some acceptable shots. 2 of the Icelands seem to have since moved on but one, the large adult has remained in more or less the same area for over a week now.

The non adult dropped in only briefly and quickly returned to his rooftop perch, no matter, the other two where willing to stick around.

Iceland number 2, now also absent seemed to prefer staying on the water with the black headed gulls rather then perching overhead on the street lights.

Number 3, still seems to be frequenting the area, seemingly he prefers staying overhead on the overhead lights but occasionally he comes down and swoops out over the river when one of the regular bread feeders come along. Since it only gives about a 30 second window before returning to its perch it is actually quite hard to capture with the camera.

A surprise adult ring billed gull showed up for a few minutes. I had never seen one this far from the docks before. It’s not the same bird I found at the Atlantic pond since this one had bright yellow legs instead of greenish.

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic pictures Leon; I was in Cork on Monday and specifically looked out for gulls having seen your posts to the Irish birding site. There was a non-adult Iceland Gull perched on a lamp post just down river from the Gate. It swooped down with the BH headed gulls a few times, just like you described.

    Des Higgins


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