Saturday, 19 October 2013

An evening with the BBC, a morning with European Gulls

Last night I had the pleasure of attending an Evening Meeting with guest speaker Andrew Cooper a wildlife film producer with the BBC's Natural History Dept. Having said that I organised it anyway. The talk was a great insight into how this Dept within the BBC works and all the time and effort that has to go in to bring us what are probably the best wildlife television programs in the world. We normally attract around thirty people for these winter meetings and just about break even, this one attracted approx. fifty and with the increased admission to cover the additional cost both the CBWPS and RSPB Local group made a small profit...

Anyway, onto this morning and and short spell on the Hayle gave two colour ringed Gulls. I was set for a 3 hr session of scanning but unfortunately heavy rain put an end to it early. The details of both gull's have been submitted.

The first one was this white tagged Black-headed Gull (TAKX) from Poland

And secondly was this French Med Gull (RJ87) was ringed by Camille Duponcheel. I've found one of his birds before at Stithians. I actually thought the ring was P or R then 187 until it was cropped on the computer. The bird was fairly distant, windy, not the best light and photographed with a pocket camera and scope......

I also bought a 3m plank of gravel board today for mounting Tawny boxes so I may be in a position to build the first one on Monday.

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