Often much maligned, the Black-headed gull will rarely be at the top of anyone's list of favourite birds. When birds are common they hardly get a second look. And when they are noisy too (as they are at this time of year) they just become a pain.
I don't know why, but I started to watch some of the Black-headed gulls at Elton reservoir a few weeks ago, just watching their behaviour. They are very agile birds and skilled at dipping over the surface of the water to pick up food. Almost Tern like, but without the "phwoarr".
I grew to like them a little more just by paying them some attention and noticing them.