|The wonders of digital technology - the ring code is readable from a photo! |
I had absolutely no chance using my binoculars - the bird was over 50m away.
I parked the sleek Italian roadster by the Pumping Station and immediately started my session by scanning the gull flock that was roosting out on the ploughed field behind me. A smart adult Lesser Black-back and a C-R 3rd/4th summer Herring Gull being the best I could muster. I had no chance of the ring code, using my binoculars, so grabbed a few shots with the EOS 400d in the hope that digital technology might get a result - it has! The ring is a North Thames Gull Group orange/black code HT7T - not one that I can recall seeing previously. As with all my C-R sightings, I will post the results as soon as Paul Roper and his team are able to respond to my report.
|Not such a poor result, considering the blustery, dull, conditions. |
The numbers of Small Tortoiseshells is rather encouraging, at a local level.
|I would have much preferred a spanking male!|
Still, as a first sighting/photo goes - I'll settle for this
The rondezvous plans worked a treat; so everyone's a winner? Back home in time to get our evening meal prepared - well happy! All that's require to do now is contact NTGG with my latest sighting - something I'll do after we've eaten.