Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Friday, 24 March 2017

Filey Dams

Coot v Shoveler!

Spent an hour this morning at Filey Dams in spring sunshine hoping for some migrants but alas, failing to find any! Consoled myself with the "regulars"!

Territorial Coot!

Scanning the trees and bushes, Heather spotted this well camouflaged male Sparrowhawk giving me the task of photographing it. I did my best!



(drake) Teal

Herring Gull

Great Black Backed Gull (? 2nd winter)

Tufted Ducks




Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Bridlington Harbour

Purple Sandpiper

It was a great pleasure this morning to meet up with two local photographers - Alan Flynn and Mike Smith and spend a couple of hours around Bridlington Harbour. As well as wildlife, the opportunity arose to capture more general images, some that visitors may not notice as they pass by.

Bird wise, it was high tide so most wading species had been displaced to the harbour walls or sandy beaches. Good numbers of Purple Sandpipers, Turnstone and Redshank huddled on the sea walls, with a handful of Dunlin. Best wader for me was a winter plumaged Grey Plover, displaced by a walker before it was in my camera lens! Kittiwakes, Herring Gulls, and Black Headed Gulls dominated the skies and the resident Barnacle Goose accompanied Mallard on the water.

Purple Sandpiper

(feral) Barnacle Goose

Herring Gulls

They said the Titanic was unsinkable so I'm taking no risks!

And some general photography!

Seaside Rust

High flying!

A bit of WD40 will get it moving (and maybe a big hammer!)

Anchorman photobombing the Yorkshire Belle!

Bridlington Harbour

Sunday, 19 March 2017

RSPB Bempton Cliffs

My gut feeling is that the Gannet on the right is female!

My call to the cliffs started well enough, weather-wise, although dull it was very mild with no rain forecast. Ha Ha! By the time the visitor centre was open, the rain (that wasn't forecast!) was falling heavily and determined to soak me without mercy! Even with "waterproofs", I ended up wetter than a wet thing on a wet Sunday! As if attempting to cheer me up a clump of daffodils brightened my morning!

I decided to walk out to the Staple Newk viewpoint where I was entertained by the many Gannets. It was a day for gathering materials destined as B&Q style enhancements for the Gannets nests.

Some collections needed a lot of physical effort!

Some wanted more "exotic" items!

Some got it wrong and were admonished without mercy!

Others, just looked on!

Staple Newk

The rain eased during the afternoon with a few bright spells so I spent some time on Bartlett Nab viewpoint and was privileged to view two Peregrines, one of which was carrying a very sparse packed lunch!

Pied Wagtail during a rare sunny spell!

Todays Sightings

Omitted from the list was a Red Throated Diver below Bartlett Nab.

And finally, we hope it will never have to be used in anger, but we are ready, willing and able! AED at RSPB Bempton Cliffs.