Second look plus 4 ruddy shelducks on river.
Here's the big bird!
I was pleased to see my photo of the Bonaparte's gull on the Wansbeck estuary, Northumberland in the August issue of Birdwatch magazine... ...and amused to be asked if a local village magazine in Kent [!!] could use my much copied turtle dove photo. It was a pleasure to say yes!
I snapped this tiny instar grasshopper with my phone in a hide at North Cave on August 26th!
Thornwick Pool - 6th September
After a quiet seawatch with a red-throated diver and one arctic skua to add to the innumerable gannets, gulls, terns and fulmars [plus some common scoter flocks], Barry and I went to Thornwick Pool to watch some waders. Here comes my dunlin portfolio! September 8th: South Gare and Skinningrove
A fairly early start at South Gare hoping for a roseate tern or two. Reed buntings were about... ...along with many meadow pipits sheltering in the marram grass. They shot up as I walked down towards the fenced off area.
There was a mixture of terns on the beach.
At Skinningrove I struck lucky with wheatear, stonechat...
and a few fulmars [about 9] were still on the cliffs. One of them was very vocal as it flew around me. I was thrilled when a little stint came in off the sea and landed on the weed by the car park. What a gift. Here's my little stint portfolio! I've mixed a few dunlin pictures so be sure to spot them! [A juvenile grey wagtail got in on the show too!]