It felt much longer, but I reached Minsmere and dumped (sorry, carefully parked the car) and set off to North Hide. On arrival a kind RSPB volunteer let me look through their scope to see Lesser Black-backed Gull! It wasn't her fault, someone else had moved it, but boy was I worried for a moment. She kindly realigned and there it was: asleep. Even in this posture, the long legs, rounded head and pale mantle colour stood out. It wasn't long before it had a quick look around and the red bill, with dark sub-terminal band and pale yellowish tip was noted, along with the dark beady eye. 'We' moved from North Hide to east Hide, where the bird was closer and the light was better. It primarily remained with its head tucked in, but occasionally looked round and then had a preen and a good stretch, showings its small mirror and 'pearl' pattern on the primaries. What a bird!!
Having had good views, and time being precious, I left, elated that seen such an enigmatic bird, a true rarity 4th for Britain (?) and a first for me!
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