I wasn't supposed to be birding at all the weekend just gone. I had my daughter, and if there's one thing she detests, it's standing out in the cold looking at birds for hours on end. But this was different. A Laughing Gull was still showing well on the Wirral, at New Brighton, and with the possibility of some Purple Sandpipers too, I had to get the bribery tools out sharpish. This gull is native to North America, and so is hopelessly off course, and only an hour away from my doorstep. With the promise of a hot chocolate from Starbucks, plus a marshmallow on a stick and that I'd need no more than 15 minutes, we were off and out the door.
We (I) found it almost immediately on the pontoons as promised. A smashing looking bird, in its juvenile winter plumage, almost black legs and bill. A real treat for both Eleanor and I. Well, me. The hot chocolate was appreciated though.
On the pontoon with Turnstones, Redshanks and Purple Sandpiper.
Great sighting! Bribery works every time. :-)ReplyDelete
Fabulous photos as usual.ReplyDelete
Neat sighting of the Laughing Common, they are common gulls around here.. I love first shot with the Turnstones.. Great post, enjoy your week!ReplyDelete
Glad you were able to find the gull easily and that your daughter responds to food bribes. :))ReplyDelete
Great photos of the birds and well worth the little bit of "bribery" to be able to see and photograph them.ReplyDelete
Fabulous images Adam!ReplyDelete
Stunning shots. Great character - particularly in the flying photos. Look forward to seeing more of your work. Saying hello via wordless wednesday (on a tuesday) http://detoutcoeurlimousin.blogspot.fr/2015/02/snow-trees-flowers-few-cows.htmlReplyDelete
Looks like the twitchers have been bribing the Laughing Gull too Adam.Nice work, the skilful bribery and the pictures.ReplyDelete
I'm glad you caught a glimpse of a laughing gull. Your patience - and your daughter's forbearance - was rewarded1ReplyDelete
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Lovely photos. I too have to bribe my 9 year old to accompany me for photography, when hubby dear is not around and I can't leave him home alone.ReplyDelete
Gorgeous shots! Definitely worth a little bribery.ReplyDelete
You got some great flight shots. I had to bribe my mum to take me!ReplyDelete
Awe, bless it, so far from it's own. I hope the it does well, so young, but maybe very soon can get back to others of it's own kind. In the meantime, you got some marvelous shares. I like Starbuck's hot chocolate too, good one Adam~ReplyDelete
wonderful gull shots. maybe you'll turn your daughter into a birder, yet. :)ReplyDelete
Perfect shots of the bird in flight.ReplyDelete
Fantastic photos and hot chocolate seems to be a great bribe :)!ReplyDelete
cool, a teacher on a schoolyard :)ReplyDelete
Well worth the bribe, to get those great shots.ReplyDelete
You got some fabulous shots! Love the in-flights. Hot chocolate and marshmallows will turn my granddaughter into a birdwatcher any time!ReplyDelete
Well that works for both you adn your daughter. Fantastic shots especially the flight onesReplyDelete
What a beautiful pictures of these seagulls.ReplyDelete
Best regards, Irma
Wonderful pictures..All it took was a little hot chocolate???ReplyDelete
What a pretty bird. Brilliant shots, I think they deserved a cookie as well as a hot chocolate :-)ReplyDelete
Definitely worth the bribe! The first time we saw (or more to the point, heard) laughing gulls I could not believe what they sounded like. They were on the Texas gulf coast. You got great pictures.ReplyDelete
Your bribery yielded you great photos! Oh, she'll remember these times with you fondly someday whether she realizes it or not! :-)ReplyDelete
"....and if there's one thing she detests, it's standing out in the cold looking at birds for hours on end" - You do surprise me..... how thoroughly unreasonable of her.... Only kidding.ReplyDelete
But you did well to bag these excellent photos. I love the action "in-flight" shots. Amazing.
This is such a well written, amusing, and informative post. I thank you for that.
Have a great weekend.
Superb shots, some of the best I've seen of this bird.ReplyDelete
Great to see the purple sandpiper with many simultaneously. The flight images of the gulls are beautifully made. Class!ReplyDelete