Cloudy and mild weather during christmas in the Netherlands. Had the opportunity to visit Delfzijl in the north-east. Mainly gulls. Had Caspian Gull and Yellow-legged Gull, both adults, on the same spot. Both species are scarce and present mainly during winter. Both are typical white-headed large gulls and relatively easy to pick out in flocks in early winter, when the northern gulls are not yet white-headed.
Due to this trip I missed the Lesser Scaup on Øygarden...
|Yellow-legged Gull. Note large size, dark upperparts, white head with light eye and yellow legs|
|Caspian Gull. Note large size, dark mantle, though not as dark as on YLG, white head, small, dark eye and rather slender bill with a darke smudge on the gonys|
|Same bird. Note the long, white tongue on the inner web of p9, black to and including p5 and pinkish leggs|
|Large numbers of Common Shelducks and Eurasian Curlews on the Wadden Sea|
|Egyptian Geese, very common in the Netherlands|