I had started the day hoping once again to get some cracking photos of Jack Snipe but didn’t even find a single bird today at Snekkervika. The Great Grey Shrike was again present as were a flock of 8 Long-tailed Tits which showed ridiculously well in fantastic light and will be the subject of their own post a bit later when I’ve gone through all my pictures. After giving it an hour and a half here and having nothing interesting flying over I was in half a mind to drive back to Oslo but thought I would give Merkja a go. Here there were a number of ducks including 3 Shoveler and 3 Gadwall and I checked out the 20 Whooper Swans hoping for a Bewick’s. After 20 minutes of checking the waterfowl I realised there was nothing more exciting to find amongst them so in a rare inspired moment decided to check through the gulls that were loafing around. I spent some time with a striking 1st winter Common Gull that I unsuccessfully tried to turn into a Ring-billed Gull. After this I went through the other gulls very quickly until I came to a bird sitting on its own and immediately felt today was going to be a good day! A classic 1st winter Med Gull.
|Pictures of the Med Gull (svartehavsmåke) only just classify as record shots|
|here with Common Gulls (fiskempåke)|
|flight shots were perhaps a bit better|
|an attempt at phone digiscoping wasn't particularly succesful|
|although the bird did fly off before I had honed my technique|
|Two female Gadwall (snadderand)|
|the Great Grey Shrike (varsler) was showing well again in Maridalen and was one of three individuals I had today|