Watched this LBB from Nels this afternoon as it slowly came to grips with the problem of buoyancy.
The bird had spotted an egg floating on the surface, but every time it sidled up to the potential meal and reached for it, the egg just bobbed under the water only to pop up to the surface a few tantalising seconds later.
The gull must have tried eight or nine times without success to grab the egg while I watched it, each time ending up with a bill full of water for its troubles.
It finally gave up when it heard me laughing - not that I'm much good at ducking for apples either, but I do enjoy a cheap laugh.
Just gotta find a bit of bungee elastic now, tie one end to one of next door's Koi carp and the other to a big rock and wait for the Grey Heron.
That should prove entertaining...
Good numbers of Swifts stalling and diving into the cool wind over the marsh this evening, with a few groups of Dunlin about, Ruff and male Whinchat and Wheatear just north of Sandgrounders hide.
Reed Warblers singing around Nels, with Whitethroat, Percy Sledge and Willow Warbler elsewhere.
Them there Canada Goose goslings look more than good enough to eat.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...