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Sunday, 18 October 2009

River Trent on 13th July 2009

We set off on our boat for a two-day trip to Gunthorpe and back, down the River Trent through Nottingham. Soon after leaving base, near to Attenborough Nature Reserve, we found a lone gull on the bank. At first, I took it for a Lesser Black-backed Gull. However, we were looking straight into the sun, and I see from my pics that the back of this gull (in the sunshine) looks quite a pale grey. The legs were bright yellow, and so I think that this was probably a Yellow-legged Gull.
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Having passed through Nottingham, the weather deteriorated badly, and soon we were getting very wet under black skies. Fortunately the rain stopped before we found the banks with the Sand Martins, although we were still under solid dark cloud. It was no better when a (large-looking) egret lazily flapped by us, going up stream. I realized that, with palish bill and dark feet, this must have been a Great White Egret.
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I'm pleased to say that the evening cleared up nicely, so we enjoyed a pleasant night - and an even better morning (see below).
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(possible) Yellow-legged Gull
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Sand Martin
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Great White Egret
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Coot (juvenile & adult)

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