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European Herring Gull
I almost missed seeing this bird, having leaned out of the window and looked at the top of the next block, just in case. Since I started digital photography seven years ago, there's only ever been a Carrion Crow there, but on this occasion, there was this whacking great Herring Gull :-)

Thank you for your comments, stay well, stay safe.

John
Habitat
Breeds mainly along rocky coastlines on cliffs, stacks and islands, in some areas on buildings or on flatter areas of shore and in others at inland lakes. Mainly coastal when not breeding but increasingly in urban areas and on farmland. Abundant at refuse-tips and around fishing harbours (source: Opus)
Location
London, UK (taken at home)
Date taken
26 January 2022
Scientific name
Larus argentatus argenteus
Equipment used
Canon EOS 7D Mk II, Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
Shutter speed, aperture & ISO
1/1600th sec, f/5.6, ISO 640. Av, exposure bias 0 EV
nicely posing for you indeed, John, and a great photo, love it, many tfs!!

PS: I didn't realise that goshawks were that rare in the UK, although I must admit that you don't see them here everyday neither.
 
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nicely posing for you indeed, John, and a great photo, love it, many tfs!!

PS: I didn't realise that goshawks were that rare in the UK, although I must admit that you don't see them here everyday neither.
Thanks for your comment JJ! Re Goshawks, their behaviour in Britain is very different from on continental Europe. There are 280-430 pairs, breeding in the New Forest and parts of Scotland and Wales, and they are no longer endangered, but remain notoriously elusive birds. To quote BirdGuides: "Most birders probably have a mental list of their favourite birds but, if they had an equivalent one for their most frustrating, I bet Goshawk Accipiter gentilis would feature quite highly. Despite the fact that it has increased significantly in Britain in recent years, it remains difficult to see, even more difficult to see well and, perhaps most relevant of all, difficult to get past your local records committee. Not only that but, of all the species on the British List, Goshawk is probably one of the most frequently ‘strung’."

("Stringing" is a British twitcher's term for claiming to have seen a rare species when it was actually a common one. So, an awful lot of "Goshawk" sightings were really Sparrowhawks! Beginners are always seeing "Goshawks" which aren't.)
 
thanks a lot for this interesting information, John, good to learn that their numbers are slowly increasing. Interesting also what is mentioned about the confusion with sparrowhawk, personally I think the jizz of these two raptors is quite different both in terms of shape and flight action, but I must admit that I had a very good mentor when I started birdwatching, he was a real raptor specialist, I learned a lot from him.
 

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Category
Britain & Europe
Added by
Jonno52
Date added
View count
322
Comment count
13

Image metadata

Device
Canon Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Aperture
ƒ/5.6
Focal length
400.0 mm
Exposure time
1/1600 second(s)
ISO
640
Flash
Off, did not fire
Filename
Herring Gull 443A2426 1500 standard BF.jpg
File size
83.3 KB
Date taken
Wed, 26 January 2022 2:55 PM
Dimensions
1500px x 938px

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