Monday, July 25, 2016
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
As avian action predictably ebbs, so Odonata flows - especially with the beautiful weather here on the North Yorkshire coast presently. Lots of dragonflies to enjoy here in Filey at the moment, and while I don't have a fancy macro lens or the like, it's good to be able to shoot the more co-operative types, which in this case are Four-spotted Chasers (above and below) and Black-tailed Skimmers (lower two).
Friday, July 15, 2016
From the night before last: A killer sunset greeted us over the Rocket Pole Field as we descended the slope down to the Brigg, followed by another successful catch of six Stormies (including this bird) - it's going very well this year, with a tally of 26 over four attempts. Proceedings were rounded off by an unexpected and incredible light show out over the sea (see very poor and unrepresentative hand-held kit lens photo below) - the multi-coloured phenomena of noctilucent clouds. We got lucky, with a bright and kaliedoscopic performance to rival any aurora, shifting in shape and colour as we watched from the shore.
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Thursday, July 14, 2016
As in, local rare breeders.... Mistle Thrushes are increasingly hard to come by as a local breeding species, and so this juvenile (one of a family party) was a pleasure to bump into this week. Better still, a tip-off from a local (thanks Andy) put me on the trail of a pair of Little Owls; a little sniffing around resulted in one bird giving itself up in a hedgerow close to what looks like a perfect breeding location. They've become so rare locally that they're recorded less than annually in the Obs area, and this bird was in fact a new species for my Filey list (if I had one).
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
|Roe Deer stag, Parish Wood|
|Grey Partridge, Rocket Pole Field|
|Seal pup on the beach|
|Ruff and Mallard ducklings, East Lea|
|Male Bullfinch, Top Scrub|
|Common Scoters from the Brigg (with Bempton Cliffs as a backdrop)|
|Gadwall and Teal off the Brigg|
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Friday, July 8, 2016
A few from this morning while counting the southbound throngs of Swifts at my favoured vismig spot of Muston Sands. We (with Keith at Hunmanby Gap) managed a minimum of 1,400, with birds moving at all heights (from practically invisible to waist-heigh) and on a fairly broad front (a good mile inland to over the bay itself).
|Barnacle Geese breeding pretty much next door|
...of the human and avian kinds. After a fine five days with the Sonden-Cooks, the second half of the trip was spent with our dear friends the Johansson-Sadris (double-barreled or nothing for us) a little further up the coast. But for a while in Gothenburg at either end of the trip, we spent it all in the idyllic and blissful surrounds of St Varholmen, an island in the archipelago west of the city with summer houses scattered along its rocky paths and sheltered inlets.
|Kestrel family in the box behind the house|
|(the male returning with a vole)|
Idyllic and blissful pretty much sums it up; we were there for Midsommar and so got to share this celebration with the whole island, which involved the making and wearing of flower crowns, singing traditional songs and dancing round the maypole in the warm Swedish sunshine (Edward Woodward beware) among other simple pleasures. But most enjoyably it involved quality time with this wonderful family - our old friends Houman and Susanne, and our new ones Xander, Aurora and Freja. What a blast we had.
|The clan in front of the cottage|
|Eider creches - lots of females and young on and around the island|
|Yes, it was cold, yes, there were jellyfish, and no, we didn't care|