English Channel

Out on a fishing boat yesterday approx. 20nm SSE of Berry Head. A very cold murky day -  so not too good for taking photos. Attracted to the boat were: c80 Great Black-backs (the dominant gull), 8 Lesser Black-backs, c60 Kittiwakes and few Herring Gulls. Five Bonxies harried the gulls throughout the day. Always interesting looking at the Fulmars this time of year, in with c50 normal (light phase) were two 'dark phase' and one 'double light phase'. I think these dark phase Fulmars are cracking looking birds and Feb can be a good month before they move back north.

Fulmar (dark phase)Fulmar (dark phase)Fulmars (light and dark phase)Great Skua

 

Posted February 13th, 2013 at 11:48 am by Mark Darlaston in Bird News