On November 20, 2005, after a bird ringing session in Paul de Tornada, Pedro Henriques and myself, decided to go to the Bay of S. Martinho do Porto (west Portugal), to take a look at the gulls. It was especially interesting because Common gulls (Larus canus) (uncomon in Portugal) and Ring-billed Gulls (Larus delawarensis) were relatively regular at this site during the winter. Sometimes 4 or 5 inds. of each species, simultaneously.
Soon as we arrived, we noticed a striking first winter Franklin´s gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan) among Black-headed gulls and a Ring-billed gull. I was still recoverying from finding a Laughphing gull, two weeks before in Peniche.
13 years ago I had a Canon analogic camera with a 70-300 lens, to update my ebird I just scanned the printed photographs, and here they are:
He began birding at the age of 11 and has never stopped since. His involvement in bird ringing has developed over the years and he has a special interest in moult in passerines. He currently works as a bird guide in Portugal and Spain and is an environmental consultant.
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