Like most birders I own plenty of bird books and I actually read them instead of looking at them like ornaments on the shelf, but you can't beat being out in the field and being so close to birds as I've been when helping out with the North Thames Gull Group. I've learnt so much more and have a better understanding of ageing gulls now. You just don't stop learning do you? Below are some more shots of the Kumlien's Gull, What cracking bird and a day that many won't forget!!
Myself and Paul with two Lesser Black- backed Gulls, the one that I am holding is a bird that was rung in Norway.