Today I went to Le Portel to find some c-ringed gulls (never a problem there :-)) and to test my new camera. I'm quite happy with some of my pictures, although I will have to practice a lot more. Lots of gulls present, and at the end of the day I ended up with 125 different c-ringed birds, of which 97 were Mediterranean gulls. As usual mainly Belgian and French birds, but also a few from Germany, Poland and Hungary.
Other species were represented as follows:
Herring gull: some Belgian, French, Dutch and British (1) birds.
Greater black-backed gull: several Norwegian birds, but also one from the Helgoland-project.
Lesser black-backed gull: only 1 c-ringed bird, from Belgium
Black-headed gull: 3 locally-ringed birds, but also one from the Netherlands (Frank Majoor).
Also 2 mystery c-ringed birds, if someone has an idea, let me know!
Mediterranean gull white 34T6 (R Flamand).
Mediterranean gull green R07L (C Duponcheel).
Mediterranean gull green R03V (C Duponcheel).
Black-headed gull black R00S, a locally-ringed bird (C Duponcheel).
Herring gull green Y.ACL (K Camphuysen).
Herring gull yellow S0 (RJ Buijs).
Herring gull yellow 5W, a resident in the harbour of Boulogne-sur-Mer (RJ Buijs).
Herring gull KL A (JP Leys).
Mystery Herring gull, ring probably bleached...
Mystery Greater black-backed gull, two plastic flags (clip-ring type) on its tibia, no metal ring...
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