Sunday, 16 June 2013

Spectacular Seabirds!

After finishing my last GCSE exam on Wednesday last week the next few days were mostly going to consist of Seabirds. On Thursday I was on a 'School trip' to the Baltic Gallery for research into Artists for my A-2 Photography Course next year, the exhibits on display if I am honest did not really grab my attention so as soon as I could I was on the viewing platform watching and photographing the Kittiewakes, which if I think probably gave me more inspiration and Ideas for the course next year than the 'Art' did!

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!











On Saturday it was an earlier start and again I was making another trip towards a Seabird Colony! The RSPB's Bempton cliffs reserve in Yorkshire a place I have never visited before although I know Brian had several times as he told me about how good the place was! it didn't disappoint either with stunning views of the Gannets and Kittiewakes it was an excellent experience to see these birds in such numbers. Before arriving on the Reserve another Marsh Harrier made an appearance (Two in two days, not bad!) and another advantage of going to Bempton was being able listen and watch Corn Buntings, another Year Tick for me and also only the third time I have either saw or heard one, the last time being in the Somme region of France last year and the previous in Yorkshire last year.
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

6 comments:

  1. Good to see you back on the blogging circuit with a great report and great images Sam. Brian. :-)

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    1. Thanks Brian, Yes nice to be able to get back blogging! another great day out today!
      Thanks,
      Sam

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  2. Get yourself on the Quayside or Tyne Bridge for the Kittiwakes Samuel. You won't be disappointed.

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    1. Thanks John, the Quayside is excellent, I must admit I have not been down this year yet but must try and get down soon, I also must admit I haven't been on the Tyne Bridge for the Kittiewakes yet but its also something I MUST get around to doing,
      Thanks again,
      Sam :)

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  3. Really nice pics and closeups!

    Good that all your exams are out of the way for the summer.

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    1. Thanks Mark, I'm Happy they're all out of the way now!
      Sam

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