A cracking opportunity came up this evening as Rob Sandham offered me a lift to go and see this Gull-Billed Tern at Ynyslas. After travelling through one hell of a thunderstorm, we got to the beach and was greeted with super views of sand... miles of it and little in the way of terns!
|Didn't look too promising on arrival!!|
The odd Sandwich Tern fished in the mouth of the river, Ringed Plover dominated the beaches along with a small handful of Dunlin, a Knot and a Turnstone. Out of nowhere, we heard a very unfamiliar call of what turned out to be a super Gull-Billed Tern. The bird circled around out heads and landed on a small area of sand with a couple of other Sandwich Terns and Black Headed Gulls. It gave us enough time to get a record shot and enjoyed great views of this great bird!
In my opinion, I think this could well be the same bird that was on the South coast of Wales last month.
The bird seemed pretty settled until an Osprey flew over the bay and flushed the group of birds. It flew south in the direction of the beach but no doubt it'll be around somewhere! 2 Adult Med Gulls were also nice to see just around the corner from the Tern! All in all a super bird to see and a great 300th species for the UK!! :)