Playing catch-up as whilst I took a long time to post all my Shetland material I was also out photographing more stuff locally. Especially as I had some new kit to experiment with. I'll try to be brief and rattle through it all!
August 17th: Egyptian geese at North Cave. Record shot into the sun.
Darter. August 18th: at home in the garden trying a new lens. August 20th: Saltholme, Phil Stead hide. August 23rd & 24th: For a few days in late August we awoke to watch roe deer from our bedroom window here in Acomb, York. A selection of photos from both days follows.
In the afternoon of the 24th Sheila and I popped in to Blacktoft to see Barry. Things were very quiet. August 26th: We drove to North Cave hoping for a glimpse of the spotted crake. Tricky bird to spot!
Record shot at best. I'll make amends later on!
The crake hid himself away, ashamed to show his face, afraid of what others might say...Remember that? Danny Kaye singing the Ugly Duckling. I watched this greenshank. It's definitely greenshank season at the moment!
Walking back we saw this dragonfly on a tree by the path. A juvenile great crested grebe gave some nice reflections.
The greenshank turned up again later at Crossland hide along with a little grebe with a little fish. August 27th saw us both back at Saltholme. Not for anything special. Just a trip out to see the sea. Ever get that feeling? I need to see the sea? Phil Stead's greenshank first.
Plus a magpie. Med gull on the lamp-post at Newburn Bridge and...
...another one on the beach!
Some redshanks flew in... ...but turned their back on me!
Strangely I visited Alkborough three days running. Once on the 28th to see the spoonbills and whatever else might be around, then again on the 29th with Barry after a disappointing day at Frampton and, finally, on the 30th...
...but we'll come to that later.
So, on the 28th I had no luck with the bearded tits but the spoonbills were pretty close.
The best part was when they were all spooked and took off...
Then the godwits took to the air. I can find 4 wader species in this shot.
The sea aster was in full flower.
August 29th was the day Barry and I went to Frampton Marsh and saw hardly anything. Reports of large numbers of curlew sandpipers and little stints had tempted us. There were a few little stints admittedly but nothing in the quantity we had hoped for.
The visit started well with a couple of yellow wagtails with the horses from the car park.
Reed bunting and whitethroat juvenile on our walk. Small tortoiseshells were frequent even though there have been reports of a big drop in numbers this year. Ruff A very distant ruff and little stint. I'll put that right a little later too. We headed for Freiston Shore RSPB. Little grebe at Freiston.
Continuing north we called at Alkborough where there were plenty of birds. Little did we know what would be found the following day! On the 30th August a western purple swamphen turned up at Alkborough. Sheila and I went quite late on and had good scope views of my 424th British Isles lifer. I didn't take a camera but here's a reminder of a bird I saw at Saltney, Clwyd, North Wales at a Morrisons building site in 2010. It was an escaped grey-headed gallinule but closely related to 'Swampy'. Look at those feet! September! The year rushes on.
September 1st and Sheila and I headed for Thornwick Pool, North Landing, Flamborough hoping a little stint was still about. A bit far off but a lot closer than the Frampton birds. Slowly getting closer. Some dunlin came in. Back to the stint. Still going in the right direction!
See the tramlines.
We called at Bempton. Jackdaw on the walk down to the cliffs.
The RSPB volunteer at the viewpoint explained that young gannets fly down from the nest and spend some time in the water getting all the guano etc off their wings before they try to fly off again. That's what this bird was doing.
September 2nd: after increasing reports that the spotted crake was becoming more bold and showing well we decided to have another look...
Right out on the mud!