Sunday, 17 March 2013

Bonaparte's Gull

There has been a Bonaparte's Gull in Skerries county Dublin over the last couple of weeks but It was proven hard to pin down. I had been up there 3 times in the last week with no success as has another few local birders that I know and met. With only one birder haven seen the Bonaparte's it wasn't making it easy for anyone. So a friend gave me a buzz as he was coming to Dublin for the day and wanted to know if I`d go have another look for it with him. So we headed up on Saturday morning early before any dog walkers got to the beach close to where it had been seen. There was plenty of large gulls about and a few Black-headed Gull and in the middle of them very quietly preening it's self was the Bonaparte's. Such joy as it is a life and Irish tick for me. It`s such a cute gull, just bigger then a Little Gull but smaller than a Black-headed Gull. With its black beak and bubble gum colored legs it has to be my second favorite gull of all time. Here are few shots taken on Saturday and Sunday.

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