The rain continues and we have now exceeded the annual rainfall of last year, so this could bode well for a good spring migration and breeding season in 2013.
I was out on the water exploring some of the new lagoons at the project in intermittent rain. Most of the birds seen today were Gulls and as hard as I try, I still find them challenging to id - even with the luxury of viewing the image on my laptop surrounded by field guides. So, I really do admire those birders who can easily identify the challenging species in the field.
I found a flock of mixed Gulls that had roosted on the beach and the most were Heuglin's and a single Caspian
|Heuglin's (Larus f. heuglini) and Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)|
|Heuglin's Gulls (Larus f. heuglini)|
Here the Caspian in flight
|Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)|
Followed by the Heuglin's
|Heuglin's Gull (Larus f. heuglini)|
Later I found another Gull that I am unsure about, perhaps a Steppe Gull?
|Possible Steppe Gull (Larus f. barabensis)??|
|Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis)|