|What you'd expect on the deck... both structurally and also the large amount of white in the primaries|
|Note the rather narrow, slightly broken band to P5|
|That's what a pale tongue to P10 looks like! Check out the right wing.|
This adult lingered for an hour or so this morning, drifting between the outfall and round the bend to the west beyond the lighthouse. There was also a 2nd-winter Yellow-legged Gull around but with the tide high, I headed off to Thamesmere. Despite people looking during the week with a blank, I refound the female Ferruginous Duck in the reeds and alerted John, Ian and Steve. It was elusive and, still not feeling great, didn't want to be messed around by a grubby duck so didn't linger too long. From what I saw, it had more of a subterminal band near the bill base than I remembered/noted last Sunday. However, John later suggested to me that it wasn't too pronounced and that a wing stretch - revealing an extensive wing bar almost the length of the wing - was decent enough.
I had a bit of chilling out at Canada Water when I got back to Rotherhithe, enjoying this punk: -
Then I headed back home and on the Thames late a'noon, managed to find a couple of 2nd-winter Yellow-legged Gulls in amongst the large gulls that often congregate here on Sundays due to the lack of tipping. Note the lack of a mirror to P10 in both birds, with bird 1 a lot more retarded in moult, iris colour and bare parts than bird 2: -
|Bird 2 on the deck|