Kittiwake - Adult (same bird above and below), Southend Pier, Essex November 2008
- All lemon yellow and slender tapering bill
- Short blackish legs
- Grey hind-neck extending to rear crown and neck sides
- Dark eye with diffuse grey surround
- Mid-dark grey upper parts
- Black tipped primaries showing along small white spots with the inner primary, probably P7 being grey with black uneven band.
Image below shows bird in a more profile stance demonstrating the primary extension as well as the extent of the black along the outer primary.
Kittiwake - Adult, Southend Pier, Essex January 2009
Note the elegant long pointed winged appearance, in flight Kittiwakes can be buoyant. Note especially the black dipped in ink wing tip pattern
Kittiwake - Adult, Southend Pier 1st January 2013
Didn't catch this bird right and the colour of the image is slightly off however it does show the dipped in ink wing tip pattern perfectly.
Kittiwake - Adult, Southend Pier 19th January 2014
A solitary Kittiwake took up temporary residence with the MedGulls and was extremely confiding to photograph allowing some excellent images to be obtained that show the characteristics of the species.
Kittiwake - Adults, Fair Isle May 2016
Note breeding birds, here in spring in the north, lack the dusky half collar, greyish hand-neck and darkish ear spot. It still has the wing-tip dipped in ink appearance.
Kittiwake - Adult, Southend Pier, Essex, 4th February 2018
Compare with the breeding birds above. Here this winter bird shows the dusky half collar, greyish hand-neck and darkish ear spot. It still has the wing-tip dipped in ink appearance which contrasts sharply with the white underwing.