In this last blog post of 2013 I would like to take the opportunity to wish all the readers of my blog a healthy and prosperous New Year, with the hope that it will include many interesting gull observations.
Thank you also for your interest in my blog posts: the annual report that I received from WordPress today told me that you viewed my blog more than 18,000 times this year. Not bad for a blog about gulls.
From the 92 posts that I published, here are top 5 that you found the most interesting:
In this post I reported on observing a Baltic Gull in June (a rare species in The Netherlands). The story had a twist: it turned out that we had photographed not one but two individuals. (Incidentally, both Baltic Gulls have since been accepted by Dutch rarities committee (CDNA). See also the follow-up post: 2 Baltic Gulls instead of 1 at Noordwijk.)
In this post I outlined the characteristics of 53 Herring Gulls which I photographed in May during ringing activities. These little projects are a great way for me to learn more about gulls and really delve into the finer details of observing gulls.
I get much of my inspiration for gulls from unique people such as Kees Camphuysen, who I am fortunate to meet a few times each year when visiting the mixed gull colony in the north of Holland where he performs his scientific studies on Herring Gulls and Lesser Black-backed Gulls.
Kees promoted this year on a thesis named “A historical ecology of two closely related gull species (Laridae): multiple adaptations to a man-made environment.”
As I said in my blog post in June: “If you have an interest in gulls, I highly recommend you to read this.”
See the download link in my post.
As part of our continuous battle against the sea, the Dutch coastline is strengthened at various places this year. One of these places was Noordwijk aan Zee where for a few weeks in June, thousands of gulls were attracted by the food that was presented to them in the sand used for repairing the beach.
This resulted in spectacular scenes and interesting observations, which I look back to with great fondness.
More spectacular images, videos and interesting observations from Noordwijk aan Zee.
Here is hoping that 2014 will be as interesting as 2013 was, and that I can continue to post articles on this blog that you will find of interest. Thanks again for your visits!