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Albert’s Gullfest plus the Speed King. By Toby Carter.

Toby is 13 years of age and lives in a small rural village in Leicestershire. He loves birdwatching and has been doing it for 6 years; he mainly goes birding around his local patch or Rutland Water, and his favourite reserve is Cley Marsh in Norfolk. Recently, he has taken up Bird Ringing with the BTO, which he has found very helpful with identification and feels that you appreciate birds more in the hand. He has ringed Wigeon, Stock Dove, Little Owl, Kestrel and Jackdaw . He is also a wildlife photographer, and in 2011 his photograph of a Kittiwake at Scarborough was runner-up in the RSPB’s Wildpix under 12’s competition.

Toby will be taking part in our Young Ornithologists Workshop at the BTO on the 16th April 2014. Follow our link for more information!

Check out Toby’s Blog – the Grimston Warbler

Today my Dad had to go to Stoke-on Trent to service his camera (60d Canon), as their is a error on the camera. After that we decided to go to Albert Village lake and Swithland Res.

So after having come back from Stoke-on Trent, we headed to Albert Village lake which is one of the best places in Leicestershire and Rutland for Glaucous gulls and Iceland Gulls, as it is right next to a landfill site and a quarry. When we arrived a pair of Blue Tits started displaying to one another, then a lovely female Kestrel flew over. It soon hit us how many gulls there were, it was like Leicestershire’s own Gullfest, the common 4 gulls we saw were: Lesser-black Backed, Great-black Backed, Herring Gull, Black-headed Gull, and a possible Yellow-legged Gull. And the records went like this 1000+ Black-headed Gull, 200+Lesser-black Backed, 2 Great-black Backed and a few Herring Gull.

© Toby Carter 2014

© Toby Carter 2014

© Toby Carter 2014

© Toby Carter 2014

© Toby Carter 2014

© Toby Carter 2014

Then later on Coot and Little Grebe gave amazing photo opportunities here are a few pics

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© Toby Carter 2014

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© Toby Carter 2014

After spending about 3 hours around Albert’s Gullfest, we headed for Swithland Res on the way home, as the night before a Great-white Egret had been seen flying in that direction. When we got their their were Great-crested Grebes, Black-headed Gulls and 5 Scaup which had spent most of the winter there. And then as I was about to get in the car a Buzzard flew over with what at first I thought was another Buzzard but was a male Peregrine, its one of the only places were they breed, and it flew right over.

© Toby Carter 2014

© Toby Carter 2014