The morning preen

Black headed Gulls (1st winter and adult) preen in the morning sun

On wasteland near my office a large expanse of concrete pools rain-water into a large ‘luddle’ (somewhere between a lake and a puddle) and when not in use as a car park, Herring and Black-headed Gulls congregate in the centre. My car provided a rather effective hide as I watched these two black-headed gulls preen in the low winter light. Both the adult and juvenile have black tips to their bill but the younger bird has buff-orange legs and upper bill, compared to the adult’s deeper red.

A Friday at Minsmere

Minsmere is one the RSPB’s premier reserves and holds a special place as the home of the avocet, the totemic emblem of the RSPB. It sits on the Suffolk coast just north of the Sizewell Nuclear Power Station, full face to the North Sea with a short shingle beach and…