18.3.20 Iceland Gull at Birling Gap

Dull, overcast with a moderate and cool SW wind.


Today, I basically spent hours watching this thing and the 1500+ large gulls following it at Birling Gap. I was amazed not to find a single Yellow-legged or Caspian Gull amongst them but was very pleased when a dainty juvenile (2cy) Iceland Gull briefly dropped in amongst the Herring Gulls.


Iceland Gull. A really elegant one, perhaps a female.


It’s actually my first “white winger” at Beachy Head


Some interesting dark markings in the outer primaries although being confined to the inner webs, not really what you’d want to see if considering kumlieni. Only spending about 5 minutes in the field before departing east, I was unable to locate it again despite spending several hours looking through the Herring Gulls.



This entry was posted in beachy head birding. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s