Glaucous Gull, Torry, Aberdeen (12/12/10)
After a satisfying start to the day, I was hoping the trend of success would continue at Peterhead. We were there by about 11:30am, and I arrived in the area where they are usually seen, right at the heart of the harbour, to find that there were very few gulls around at all. The time I had seen the Iceland Gulls before, there had been hundreds of gulls in the Harbour. I checked the area for about 20 minutes, then decided that I'd slowly meander along the seaside road through Peterhead and check the gulls on the rocks there. I found several groups of gulls and scoped each of them, but none of them contained Iceland Gulls. After some lunch, we headed back to where we had started off, but yet again there weren't any Iceland Gulls. I was disappointed, but I reassured myself that I could return in January, as it is likely they will winter, and if I saw them then I could try photographing them, and also year-tick them. One thing that always entertains me when at Peterhead Harbour is how tame these little fellas are - this one was only a few feet away from where I was standing...
Turnstone, Peterhead Harbour (12/12/10)
There wasn't much else to do, so I headed down to the Ythan to have a casual check of the Estuary and have a walk in nearby the coastal moor of Forvie NNR. On arrival I met Ken Hall, and we chatted for about 20 minutes, enjoying the tranquility of the Estuary and discussing several photographic and bird-related things. There wasn't too much on the Estuary, with the most notable things being about 35 Dunlins and 70 Golden Plovers. Whilst speaking, it was lovely to witness these three majestic Mute Swans flying very close past us...
Mute Swans, Ythan Estuary (12/12/10)
Once I had spoken to Ken, I had a small walk on Forvie Moor, which produced more or less nothing. However, I went home satisified with the views and shots of Glaucous Gulls I had obtained - a day-maker in its own right.
Thanks for reading,