Ramsgate Harbour and North Foreland were to provide the majority of my early opportunities, as I strove to learn about the nuances of age group plumages and taxonomic splits. These initial attempts were cringe-worthy as I fumbled through the mind-boggling assault course of immature gull id. Armed, as were all others, with Peter Grant's master-class, quickly added to by the purchase of The Helm Guide by Olsen & Larsson, I sallied forth. One of the undeniable facts about looking at gulls is the more you see the less, you quickly realise, you know! They are a fantastic conundrum which has developed into a cult-like subject for many of the modern devotees - good luck with taking it to the next level.
|1st winter Caspian Gull - Ramsgate Main Beach|
|1st winter Yellow-legged Gull - Ramsgate Harbour|
Cameras played as important a role as telescopes and binoculars - they could provide study material for use back indoors and were far more reliable than any attempt at field sketches/notes that I had the ability to make.
|1st winter Glaucous Gull - Foreness Point|
|An adult winter Marsh Gull (L. a. ommissus) in Ramsgate Harbour|
Dull yellow legs and the primary pattern of a Great Black-back (conveniently standing directly behind!)
|Adult Audouin's Gull - the best looking gull in Europe? Menorca/Mallorca?|
|2nd summer Yellow-legged Gull - Halkadiki Greece|