The wind speed was a force 7 borderline 8 this morning with little shelter we managed to use Tony’s car as a wind break behind the banks overlooking No.6 tank.
A roost of mainly Common and Black-headed Gulls included several Agenteus with a single Argentatus Herring Gull, numerous graellsii and an adult intermedius type Lesser Black-backed Gull. The gull roost didn’t really want to expand too much energy so after an initial scare by a sub-adult peregrine they decided its threat wasn’t immediate and soon settle down while the falcon sat in a low branch nearby.
Ducks were sheltered below the banks of the tank but appeared to be struggling with the big waves washing over them. 3 Tufted Duck, 10 Shoveler, 8 Mallard and 11 Common Shelduck were faring better in the rough conditions than the 67 Common Teal.
Three Cormorants sat in the dead tree included two types of the continental sinensis showing the characteristic gular pouch angle, in full breeding plumage and shocking white head dress.
A windy No.5 tank: http://vimeo.com/116471742.
A windy No.6 tank with tumbleweed (Sea Aster dried stems) blowing in front of a gull roost: http://vimeo.com/116471740
80 Stock Dives were also disturbed by the Peregrine and flew out of the vegetation on the tank a few times.
Observers: Tony Broome (images 1-2 & videos), Frank Duff, WSM (images 3-5).