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Me and Denis are meeting up for the Hebden Bridge Vintage Car Rally and Historic and Commercial Vehicle Society Trans Pennine Run on Sunday 5th Aug 2018 .

If anyone else would like to join us, we're planning to arrive in Hebden Bridge by 9am and leave by 5pm at the latest...

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ON WAVES OF BLUE

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Just one of the huge flock of Black-Headed-Gulls on our local pool yesterday ....it was bitterly cold and very windy:

 

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Nice sense of motion. Thanks for sharing.

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Not your typical subject matter!

The sky colours in the waves are superb.  

I just have one concern -- the bill looks very dark for a black-headed gull. I don't suppose that one was a bit smaller than the rest as it looks rather like the North American bonaparte's gull which does occasionally blow in to these shores.

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6 minutes ago, JamesT said:

Not your typical subject matter!

The sky colours in the waves are superb.  

I just have one concern -- the bill looks very dark for a black-headed gull. I don't suppose that one was a bit smaller than the rest as it looks rather like the North American bonaparte's gull which does occasionally blow in to these shores.

Thank you both.....

I’m afraid I’m not in to recognising gull species......there has been a large resident flock in and around our local pool for many years now;mtyey like the regular waterfowl get fed by the park visitors, mainly mums and children. Not exactly tame, the gulls have learned to almost hover to catch thrown food ....an incredible sight, I often go there to catch them....in-flight, but no real success yesterday.

would a  single  Boneparte’s Gull mix in with another gull species, it was just part of the usual crowd?....

There is one other unusual visitor to the pool this winter.....a single Bewick’s Swan.....a lonely youngster by the look of it....it too has become exceptionally trusting during the last month or so.....it might be in trouble if our usual pair of swans turn up.

The wave colours, the quality of light in that particular corner of the pool always seems to be different during winter months, because it catches the light until the sun is almost set....the water is always a tad oily owing to the large number of swimming birds, so waves tend to have that languid appearance......they reflect local colour, then break it up beautifully.

Not as visible during deep winter is a huge number of very large resident carp, they too are exceptionally tame, taking food from the fingers of visitors, standing on the boards of the feeding platform.

it does upset me when the owners of dogs  off lead run into the water barking to scatter and panic  the hungry birds .....the owners seem to think it is very funny.....not so when tiny ducklings, cooks and moorhen are struggling to survive.

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Nice shot FUJI of this Winter Black Headed Gull.  I like the water as the colour and abstract sort of look to it.  In the winter months black headed gulls come over to join ours from europe, it is a BHG though.

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Nice shot FUJI, I'd say Black Headed Gull in winter plumage, the spots behind the eyes make it look like they're wearing headphones. Apparently they are the most common inland gull, though 100 years ago they were very rarely seen inland.

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10 hours ago, FUJI said:

would a  single  Boneparte’s Gull mix in with another gull species, it was just part of the usual crowd?....

Certainly the only time I have seen one it was with a group of black-headed gulls, the most obvious difference is the size as they are about 20-30% smaller than black-headeds.

Actually, probably the best evidence that it wasn't a Bonaparte's is the lack of a small flock of twitchers, and "my lens is bigger than your lens" type bird paparazzi.

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You have stirred my ancient memory banks now James .....it was back in 1990 when a genuine Bonepart’s Gull was spotted on the pool just across the way from our house.

It attracted a HUGE flock of over excited Twitchers from all over the country......the usually quiet footpaths surrounding the pool were totally hidden beneath a tide line of camaufage and photographic and binocular gear.....Anorak’s all.....the fun lasted for just a few days.

I have just checked official records......there are very occasional Bonepart’s Gulls seen within a 20 mike radius of here.

Our Kev should be very interested .....shouldn’t he? 

FUJI

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