I have taken pictures of Rock Pipits before at Portland Bill. The different Pipits are a minefield to identify. – all little brown birds. I took these pipits at Keyhaven near Lymington and thought I would try and look them up in my bird book to try and get an identification. The Meadow Pipits were listed say they had long claws. – see pictures – note claws.
After watching this Great Black backed Gull on the beach as the sun started to go down I realised just how large they are and what a big mouth they have! Some facts below.
Body length – 25 to 31 inches, weight – 2 1/4 to 4 3/4 lbs Wingspan 5 to 5 1/2 feet.
They are the world’s largest gull – they are heavily built, big-billed and fiercely predatory.
This bird found this flat-fish caught out by the tide. Still alive and large enough to make someone a good fish supper.
After several attempts when the fish wriggled free – One large swallow and the fish was gone.