Friday held more Seabirds as I travelled across to the Farne Islands, with a bit of 'drama' added to the trip by the fact we nearly missed the boat there and actually missed the boat to come back! An extra hour on the Islands didn't go a miss however, if there is one place I wouldn't mind being stranded is on the Farnes in the Summer! It's needless to say however we did manage to get the next boat back across to the Mainland.
With so much right in front of you its hard to choose what to photograph on the Farnes as I am sure many reading this will be aware! I did however try to steer away from getting hundreds of Puffin pictures! They are nice birds with Odd behaviour at times but they don't grab my attention as much as Razorbills and Fulmars do.
After a part of the day on the Farnes, myself and my Uncle headed for home but stopped off at Duridge pools which was a good decision as a look out onto the Big Pool of water had 3-4 Little Gulls, a single Great-Crested Grebe, a Adult Pied Wagtail feeding its young and a large number of nesting Swallows, in the distance the sound and sight of a Crow dropping down and mobbing a large Raptor caught my attention so a quick look through the binoculars revealed a Marsh Harrier drifting slowly across the sky towards the hide, my first for the year and even if it hadn't been an absolutely amazing bird! also I believe this is my first Marsh Harrier in Northumberland.
A short drive down to Cresswell and the search for an Avocet proved futile due the fact it appears nesting attempts have all been unsuccessful, however whilst watching a Whitethroat and Stonechat on the other side of the road from the Farm we both turned around to side the silvery ghost like shadow of a Barn Owl drifting atop the reeds before briefly disappearing from sight and reappearing with a Kill, it soon departed back into its nesting sight as the heavy rain approached from the South, a wise decision that was replicated by us as the rain started to fall!
An Excellent few days and lots of Seabirds, I am back on the Farnes on Tuesday so no doubt there will be even more Seabirds to be seen!
Thanks for looking through a small selection of the photographs from the past few days! to read Brian's (Killy Birder) account of the Bempton Cliff's trip and look at his pictures click HERE