It was booked weeks before, and much looked forward to. A trip to Visit Friend Laurence P on the south coast in an attempt to find some of the first arriving juvenile Yellow-Legged Gulls on the year.
Our first site drew a blank, but a small boating lake within Princes Park, Eastbourne was host to this beast. Presumably a Male, the bird gave incredibly close views and we got through two loaves of mighty white pretty quickly.
The bird was quite worn on the tertials, most scaps and the tail, which seemed to be slightly stuck together, perhaps a substance picked up on route from the Med, as a ringed bird in the same place a few years back from Perpignan would suggest.
The following day we returned to the same spot to find a different bird. Smaller, slightly less worn and just as generous with its proximity.