Sunday, June 29, 2014

Noisy neighbours

Surveying the productivity of part of the local Kittwake colony here in Filey in conjunction with the good folk over at RSPB Bempton is a fascinating exercise in itself, but has various added bonuses - one of which is the close encounters it provides with the local Peregrines...

Happy to report they've done well this year, with over-enthusiastic juveniles turning up all over the shop at the moment, sat on the rocks on the Brigg, chasing inappropriate prey or crash-landing in fields; they, and the adults, are often heard before seen, usually advertising their presence at impressive volume. Never a dull moment here on the coast.

Particularly happy with the above shot, showing the wings folded back over each other for the final dive - a technique I've not noticed before.