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Thread: Bonaparte's Gull and Mandarin Duck

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    Default Bonaparte's Gull and Mandarin Duck

    This picture would not have be possible but for the skill and Knowledge of Kas who knew of the bird rough location and knew from her birding skills what to look for.
    Looks very simular to a black Headed Gull, is slightly smaller and has a black beak instead of a red beak.
    Located on the Thurso River, Thurso.



    I wasn't going to post this pic because the Maderin Duck pic was already on the forum.
    Kas insisted i did.
    This is one of the two on the pond at Thurso who are thought to be escapees.


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    Stunning pic of the Mandarin, Colin!
    WeeBurd.

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    Great shots there, the Mandarin is fantastic. Lets hope we have the same luck with the cetaceans this year.
    Away with the birds

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    I'd heard there was a Bonapartes in thurso but thought it had left already lol.
    And I was gonna pop into thurso to get pictures of the mandrins today but the cars off the road ... typical lol

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    Default Bonaparte's Duck!

    Lovely pictures as always Colin, But why Bonaparte's Gull?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LIZZ View Post
    Lovely pictures as always Colin, But why Bonaparte's Gull?
    named after Prince Charles Lucien Bonaparte, a zoologist and nephew of Napoleon

    more at
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonaparte's_Gull
    and
    http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAbou...rtes_Gull.html

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    Many thanks gollach.

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    My attempts, not as good as yours but still good for me.


    Away with the birds

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    What we gonna find next weekend then. Our first dolphins maybe?
    Away with the birds

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    As you know i've had two sightings of Dolphins so far this year but alas not within camera range.
    But i live in hope, but failing that there's always Chanonry Point.

    Colin

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    lovely pics Colin

    A good hug often helps

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    Had a wander down to the boating pond this morning, they're still there and what a pair of posers they are.......








    Just when you think everythings fine, life slaps you in the face.

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    Great pics as always grummyhippo, are these two going to be the most photographed birds in Caithness?

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