Wednesday, 19 September 2018

A noteable Pomarine Skua at South Gare

Whilst at South Gare last weekend I took a few shots of the Skua with the small crowd but then they all moved on and left just me and another guy with the bird and it was at this point that it relaxed and started to expel a pellet. This gave me the opportunity to snap a mouth open shot which was something a little different to all the other shots being posted on line and I thought it was probably the best shot I got on the day.

With this in mind it was nice to see the image given a noteable on the Birdguides photograph of the week. https://www.birdguides.com/articles/photo-of-the-week/photo-of-the-week-12-18-september/


I then looked at the RBA review of the week to find the same image featuring in their round up.
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/weeklyRoundup2018-38.aspx?s_id=243838220


So here's the image

The noteable

Sunday, 16 September 2018

more of the POMARINE SKUA at South Gare

As promised....just a few more images from South Gare.

Pom
Pomarine 
Just look at that!
Pom landing
Pom
In flight
Pom
permission to land!
I didn't quite get the shutter speed on the money but I still liked this one.
Pomarine (referring to the scaled nostrils) Skua (Hunter) 
A small twitch for the Roseate Terns
Terns.....Common, Sandwich and Roseate

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Pomarine Skua at South Gare Cleveland

I took a solo run up the A1 today 258miles up the A1 to be precise. Having seen various images on line over the last three weeks I had to take a chance on connecting with the Pom that's stopped off in Cleveland on it's journey south.

My luck was in when I found the bird sitting on the sea wall straight away but it quickly took flight before the camera came out of the bag. I found it again shortly after on the beach but this time it was flushed by a dog walker. Third time lucky and it settled back on the beach and gave me a chance to get the images I'd travelled four hours for.

The bird flew back towards the lighthouse and settled on the sea for about an hour before eventually returning to the beach.

As the tide went out it revealed a rocky ridge and this attracted lot's of Terns to rest on it. Amongst the Sandwich and Commons were some Roseate Terns giving a second year tick for the trip and a couple of Eider ducks drifting along gave me a third year tick.

Guillemot, Gannet, Red-throated Diver, Kittiwake, Wheatear, Bar-Tailed Godwit, Knot, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Turnstone, Redshank, Oystercatcher just some of the supporting cast.

Year list now 237

The reason for the trip!
Pomarine Skua at South Gare Cleveland
What a bird
The Pom
On the prowl
On the sea
As you can imagine I have a few more images so may post a couple later once I've looked through them again.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Landguard for Wryneck and Whinchats

With me and the Jims all needing Wryneck for a year tick we headed up the A12 to Landguard in search of the bird reported yesterday.  We got lucky getting straight on the bird before 8am and enjoyed decent views on four different occasions during the morning.

At the caravan end we found at least eleven Whinchat and at the point a couple of Wheatear.
I picked up a Garden Warbler for a late year tick but we failed to find an expected Pied Flycatcher despite a couple getting reported during our visit. The Jims picked up a Redstart and we had numerous Lesser Whitethroat which is always good.

A decent morning in good company and the year list moves on to 234

Wryneck at Landguard
Whinchat at Landguard
Wryneck
One of the eleven Whinchats seen today
What a little cracker

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Purple Heron and Fudge Duck at Abberton

First light this morning and I was on the Layer Breton causeway looking for a Purple Heron which I quickly found roosting in the trees at the fat side of the site. It showed well through the scope but was a bit too far away for my 400mm lens although I did take a record shot anyway.

Purple Heron
Whilst waiting for the Heron to do something more exciting I tried a few flight shots of the Canada Geese and took a couple of shots of the Little Egrets which roost here in large numbers now.

Canada Geese
Canada Geese
Little Egrets
Little Egret
I moved on to the reserve and walked through to Bay hide where I found the Fudge duck asleep on the mus bank directly in front of the hide. Again distant and again a quick record shot as it eventually swam a short distance before sleeping again.

Fudge duck asleep
Fudge
A couple of Great White Egrets came into view and one had a Fox walk within inches of it but surprisingly neither the Egret or the Fox seemed to pay each other much notice.

Great Egrets
Fox encounter between Great and Little Egret
The year list moves to 232 with the addition of the Fudge Duck although it's credentials remain in question.


Saturday, 1 September 2018

Dunge and a bit more of the Wanstead Shrike

Destination Dunge!

We arrived at Gallaways for first light and found at least fifteen Whinchat, ten or more Wheatear lot's of Stonechats and a single Spotted Flycatcher but despite a good search during the morning including a long walk through the Long Pit area we failed to find anything else on the move. A pair of Raven flew over as we searched and a Sprawk flew between us as we searched the lighthouse garden.

Whitethroat
Wheatear
Whinchat

Sprawk
A single Cattle Egret remained at the farm with yesterdays other ten seemingly departed.

Cattle Egret
The only other thing of note was a Grass Snake swimming in the Long Pit.

Grass Snake
On the way home we stopped for another hour an hour with the Wanstead Shrike and it showed really well for us enabling a couple of slightly improved images.

Wanstead Shrike
Red-backed Shrike at Wanstead
No year ticks but a good days birding with the Jims all the same.

Spotted Flycatcher

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Otters at the BWC

A weekend visit to the BWC gave me a nice opportunity to grab a few shots of the Otters.

Otter
Otter
Otter
Otter
Otter
Otter
Otter
Otter
Otter
Otters