Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Friday, 26 August 2016

RSPB Bempton Cliffs - Gannets and Gugas (plus some landscape)


After a night of very heavy rain, this morning dawned sunny and warm which lasted all day. It was a good morning for a walk and I decided on a four mile circular route encompassing scrub, farmland and cliffs. I walked from our house, through Buckton, up Hoddy Cows Lane to Buckton Cliffs, along Bempton Cliffs and down Cliff Lane back to Bempton. Encouragingly, I was receiving texts from a birder already on Hoddy Cows but alas, although close, I failed to see most of the species reported! Off to Specsavers I think! I did find a Redstart in the Dell and a Wheatear on Buckton Cliffs, both distant and ended up enjoying and photographing Gannets and Gugas! A little bit of landscape was also undertaken from Bartlett Nab viewpoint.

Gannet with Guga at Jubilee Corner




Look who's still on the ledge - my Gannet family at Bartlett Nab, can't be much longer!


And of course the first time, late breeders



Portraits







Just Gannets!




From Bartlett Nab


Shush! Someone might be listening!



From Bartlett Nab



Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Thornwick Pool, Flamborough

Curlew Sandpiper

A very pleasant hour was spent this afternoon at Thornwick Pool, Flamborough which is attracting some quality birds. A two year tick with two Curlew Sandpipers, Little Stint, Ringed Plover, Dunlins and Greenshank!

Curlew Sandpiper







Always a pleasure to see, even if briefly - Little Stint!



Dunlin showing well!




I wonder if this Greenshank was pulled through a hedge backwards before coming to the pool to bathe?!






I just couldn't get this Ringed Plover right!



and Pied Wagtail


Sunday, 21 August 2016

RSPB Bempton Cliffs

Dunlin

The weather forecast for this weekend was rather inclement, but as usual, it was wrong for Bempton and much more pleasant and sunny days were had! The wind was still very blustery but at least it was warm! Unfortunately, I could only spend the morning on the cliffs again.

A quick look at Bartlett Nab produced a bird I did not expect to see on the cliffs - a juvenile Dunlin!



I did not expect to see the Gannet family that I am following near Bartlett Nab as the Guga must be c13wks and ready to depart the ledges. However, it was still present, looking very strong and healthy, and probably the last time I will enjoy seeing it.





Nearby, the young Guga of the new breeding pair also looks very healthy, but parent looks worn out!


Gannets in flight


A gift for my beloved!



A good number of Fulmar around the cliffs challenged me to take birds in flight images. Still work in progress!




Trick of light or differing leg colouration?

And finally, Herring Gull