Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Sunday, 30 July 2017

RSPB Bempton Cliffs - 30th July 2017

Happy Gannet Family

This mornings call to the cliffs was on the back of a bright, sunny morning - surprisingly the forecasted heavy rain came in earlier than expected and had passed through! Not complaining though as standing in heavy rain on the viewpoints is rather challenging and dampens the spirit! Regretfully, due to other commitments, I could only stay until 1200hrs and spent most of this time on Bartlett Nab.

Arriving in the car park, I was drawn to the colony of Tree Sparrows, adults and juveniles and felt obliged to take an image!


A good number of Red Admiral butterflies abounded the feeding station area


Including this one attempting to challenge me on one of the interpretation boards - I think I could get this one right!


The Gannet juveniles (Gugas) are getting bigger with a wide variation in maturity - some have fledged, some are in their dark feathers, others are still in their downy white, others are 50/50!




Auk (Razorbill, Guillemot and Puffin) numbers have reduced dramatically as they head out to sea, leaving large gaps on the ledges. Puffins this morning were a real challenge to find and will probably be gone completely by next week!




Its behind you! Menacing "eyes" in the rock watching this Guillemot!


Mum! Mum! Feed me Mum! Kittiwake Tarrock wanting a meal





Kittiwake Tarrock flexing its wings





One of the birds that frequents the cliffs 12months of the year and often dismissed is the Feral Pigeon


Adult Herring Gull "chilling"!


Juvenile Herring Gulls




Nature can be cold and cruel with young birds falling from the ledges into the sea. However, natural recycling rapidly takes place!


In the Fulmar nest


Today, the RSPB ran one of their cruises - Glorious Gannets on the Yorkshire Belle



Thursday, 27 July 2017

Filey Dams - 27th July 2017

Little Egret

"There's not much about" - words that often greet you when arriving at a hide! Really? There is always something about, often common and expected species, but they are there and often provide excellent photographic opportunities as opposed to a distant rarity! Today was one of those days!

Opening the flaps in the carpark hide, we met some of the locals!


On the board walk, a Comma Butterfly posed but did not allow sight of its comma!



"Do you think he saw us? Grey Lag Geese.


A Little Egret did it's best to cover every part of the "Dams", giving excellent views at times!






Whilst at times, competing with a Grey Heron!



Who can resist a Grey Heron?





A Green Sandpiper was difficult to capture, always remaining distant!




It was nice to see Lapwings (c22)



I don't think this Magpie will hit it as a fashion mogul!



Stock Doves are always a pleasure to see!



And finally, a juvenile Dunnock



Overall, a lovely couple of hours at a delightful reserve!