1cy Iceland Gull – 20131208

There has been an increase in sightings along the Dutch coast recently of first-calendar year Glaucous Gulls Larus hyperboreus and Iceland Gulls Larus glaucoides. Today I was fortunate enough to see one of them: my first Iceland Gull since March 2012.

I only saw it briefly, just long enough to make some record-shots and a short video.

First-calendar year Iceland Gull, Katwijk aan Zee, The Netherlands, 8 December 2013.

First-calendar year Iceland Gull, Katwijk aan Zee, The Netherlands, 8 December 2013.

First-calendar year Iceland Gull, Katwijk aan Zee, The Netherlands, 8 December 2013.

First-calendar year Iceland Gull, Katwijk aan Zee, The Netherlands, 8 December 2013.

First-calendar year Iceland Gull, Katwijk aan Zee, The Netherlands, 8 December 2013.

First-calendar year Iceland Gull, Katwijk aan Zee, The Netherlands, 8 December 2013.

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