I had great plans for the day, an early start, an hour watching the gull, and then perhaps a visit to the Pevensey Levels or one of the other sites around the east of the county. It's never that easy. I was down at Eastbourne early but the bird was nowhere to be seen. Fortunately I found a Little Grebe fishing in a feeder stream and that kept me occupied for a while.
|Its not giving up without a fight|
The fish did not give in easily escaping twice and having to be recaptured by the grebe.
|Dinner is finally ready|
The Grebe was a nice diversion and there were a few other birders around to talk to but it was still another three hours until the Gull finally turned up at around 12.30. I was lucky, I had just decided to go off and find a bacon sandwich but was called back by a couple of the others.
The weather had started to turn and it looked like rain but the Gull was very obliging and a number of close up shots were possible. These may look like black and white but they were all taken in colour format.
|Just to prove the pictures were taken in colour|
|And coloured legs|
A grey bird on grey water on a grey day but I was very happy to have gone home having seen and photographed it.