Audoin's Gull; Delighted to get some images of one of the best looking gulls in Europe. This adult bird is moulting and the primaries can be seen growing out here on the outer wing...
Got out on a small fishing boat from Pernera, Cyprus. with the inyention of photographing Audoin's Gull. I had noted a handful of birds of this species loafing around a kilometre offshore, with Yellow-legged Gulls also present. We left the harbour a little after dawn, another glorious morning, though a liitle light cloud early on. It took some time before the first Audoin's put in an appearance, frustratingly they were staying a little too far from the boat though. After a while a few small fish were caught onboard, one of which had swallowed the hook deeply. I used this fish to draw this adult bird closer to the both, grabbing a few shots as it came to claim its breakfast.
I have not seen the species in many years, the last time being on a trip to Morocco where I saw over 200 birds together at the Hula Reserve, a fabulous birding experience.