Saturday 17th September 2011

 Drove to Grafham Water in Cambs today, to try to finally catch up with Sabine's Gull for my Dad. He had missed one a few years ago at Severn Beach, and then over the last week or so, due to the remnants of the American hurricane, we had searched 2 or 3 times for one locally. I saw the Sand Bay juvenile, but could not get my Dad on it! So we decided to try again, this time for a summer plumaged adult! The only real problem was the weather! We had quite a few heavy rain storms, including thunder & lightning in one, but there were periods of nice light as well.
  When we arrived at the Car Park, i asked a photographer if he had been photographing the Gull, he said he had and pointed me in the direction of the dam. When we arrived the Sabine's Gull was sitting on the dam and there was also a Grey Phalarope walking around close by. After about 10 minutes the Gull got up and walked along the waters edge, then it flew off West along the shore line of the reservoir. I relocated it later in a one of the bays West of the car park, where it showed really well, despite the weather!
Grey Phalarope
Sabine's Gull

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