Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Japan in November (No.7): mid week gull fest

I'm not the biggest gull fan in the world, but I have to confess I have gradually got more interested in them over the years.  In Hokkaido you get great opportunities to see several species that are either scarce, very rare or yet to be recorded in the UK. Here is a quick round up:

Black-tailed and Common (Kamchatka) gulls
Vega Gull - much has been written in the birding press recently about this Pacific version of our Herring Gull - as one of these turned up in Ireland in January!  I only saw about three.  Note the pale eye is normal in winter.
Slaty-backed Gull - like Vega Gull their legs are very pink (described by others as bubblegum pink)
Glaucous-winged Gull (front)
Slaty-backed, Black-tailed and Common (Kamchatka) gulls
Glaucous and Glaucous-winged gulls
Glaucous and Slaty-backed gulls
Black-tailed Gull
Black-tailed Gull
Slaty-backed gulls

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