Red ringed (HFR6) Mediterranean Gull, 18th July 2008 Southend Seafront. This bird was first seen along this very stretch of coast as a first year in July 2006 and was noted here twice in 2007. It was ringed in Hungary; currently 'still' trying to find out a full history of the bird.
Red ringed (14K) Mediterranean Gull,26th June 2008 Southend Seafront. Another annually returning red ringed bird2
11th January 2009 was a good day for photographing Mediterraneran Gulls at the end of Southend Pier with an afternoon high tide, light breeze and bright conditions. a Little encouragement with a loaf of bread resulted in the above and following three shots. Southend Pier head really is a superb location for these stunning gulls.
The areas specialty gull. Present virtually the year round the best locations to 'easily' see this beautiful gull are the end of Southend Pier and Westcliff Seafront by Rossi Ice Cream Parlour. In winter the pier regularly holds upto 30 birds which include many colour ringed birds whilst Westcliff can often have between 8-10 birds. Where ever gulls gather, there are a number of favoured parks and playing fields, your are likely to find at least one Med.
In late summer Southend Seafront opposite Esplanade House just east of the Sealife Centre is where the counties largest concentrations gather. Numbers steadily build up from late June and by late July/early August in excess of 130 birds can be present at any one time. By this time at least a fifth will be juveniles with many colour ringed. It is likely that many birds pass through during the summer and it estimated that a minimum of between 200-250 birds use the site in summer.
Mediterranean Gull, adult, Essex 13th March 2010
Mediterranean Gull, adult, Essex 26th February 2011