Wednesday, May 4, 2016

April raptors

Spring raptor passage is always a fickle beast up here (as opposed to my inner London patch, which was always reliably good), and this month was no exception; conditions were generally unhelpful and there were no stand-out no days as there have been in previous Aprils. It's already been better than last year's equivalent period, however, and with most of May still to come, there's plenty of opportunity for picking up broad-winged migrants on suitably thermal-rich days.

Common Buzzards have been numerous, and I've had up to ten going through on several days - and it's been interesting to confirm that of those I've photographed (the majority), all were new birds and none were double-counted. The pick so far has been an Osprey which I had powering into a cold northerly headwind on 22nd, with a couple of Marsh Harriers doing likewise, and Peregrines have provided some good views - particularly an immature that I bumped into at very close-quarters on the clifftop recently.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Herptilian Anniversary

From almost a fortnight ago now, a few of the beasts we managed to summon on the spring Equinox - also our wedding anniversary - up in the North Yorkshire forests, with invaluable help from our good friend Dan. A lovely day which was made all the more satisfying for the multiple Adders we came across (at both traditional and 'new' locations) - Amity's first ever after a few previous failed attempts.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Purps on the run

Irresistible, especially when they're only a short walk from your front door.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

50 shades

Grey Seals come in many shades, shapes and sizes, and after one particularly photogenic youngster got all the attention here a little while ago, here's a couple of others to compare and contrast: a furry spotted young one, and a beast of a bull patrolling the Brigg the other day.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Avocet at the Dams

One of those birds that, as it expands its range northwards and increases in numbers, is still a treat to see here in the Filey area, with only a handful of records every year (nice one George). It's also easy to forget what absolute beauties they are, even in crappy light - there are surely few more elegant or attractive waders to watch at close quarters, and this one performed beautifully a couple of days ago at the Dams.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Pick n' mix

With a very fun but generally non-birding Easter in full swing here in Filey (although I did fluke the year's first Sand Martin over the town a couple of hours ago), another catch-up post of random bits and pieces from the last few weeks. (Shag, Siskin, Cormorant, Redshank, Great Crested Grebe in the bay, Guillemots and Razorbills back on the cliffs, Rock Pipit, Barn Owl, Dunnock, Siskin).