A Different Kind of Gull, a Swallow, and a High Rise Squirrel
Thursday, June 14, 2012 10:54:27 PM
The rain held off through the lunch period, when I was back at the pond, showing a group of colleagues some of the local sights. Among the inevitable herring gulls I spotted one interloper: a great black backed gull.
This bird is quite a bit larger than both the herring gulls and the lesser black-backed gull spotted on Tuesday. Size is one part of the identification. The other is the colour of the legs. The lesser variant has distinctive yellow legs. The great black-backed has flesh/pink legs. But you can only see the legs when it's out of the water....
As well as the wildlife, we also paused to look at the 13th century barn. It's quite impressive, but my eye caught a tiny figure high at the far end of the roof. I did not expect to see a squirrel up there... and I have a feeling neither did the squirrel!
Camera note: all shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens.