Weather also seemed to have an impact on whether the Tysties were close in to the harbour wall - or perhaps it was just that every time I visited it was hammering down! This added to the challenge of trying to get the correct exposure on dark birds with white wing patches on shimmering water, as if that wasn't challenging enough. But it was certainly fun trying and several wet hours were well spent doing precisely that. Lovely birds, in stunning plumages and full of character.Ring-billed Gull on an earlier visit, and this week a peek over the harbour wall was rewarded with eye-ball to eye-ball views of a 1st winter Iceland Gull. This seemed content to potter around in the shallows and wait for the fine-smelling produce to be dispensed from the local chip shop. I knew how it felt, and eventually dragged myself away to grab a bag of Oban's finest.
A great location for urban birding, and Claire eventually became suspicious at my uncharacteristic and repeated suggestions that we pop into town for a spot of shopping.