Halfway up an Alp
Your secret's safe here Paul, well done!
It is surprising how big that beak looks when you are standing a few inches from it.
Don't tell anyone though. The gulls are not universally popular with certain factions of the work force. Gull rescuer would be a title that would bring a fair bit of flak from the previously splattered, I think. :t:
Superb stuff! I just had a quick look at Great Tit in The Birds of Scotland. I'd forgotten that Continental birds are reasonably regular on the Northern Isles (and probably on mainland Scotland too). It states that there were 7 records of Great Tits from N Sea installations in 1979-2004, so a very good one to get on your list!
Congratulations on reaching 50 species for the year! I really enjoy reading your posts.
Very enjoyable thread. Speaking as someone with zero knowledge of oil rigs, is there a possibility of a camera trap being used in an area where you often see birds? And is limited feeding allowed? I thought it might be interesting to pick up on the birds that you maybe miss during the night or early morning, or which take flight quickly when you approach.