Monday, August 5, 2019

Greenshank, East Lea, Filey - 5th Aug 2019

A couple of hours enjoying a decent cast of waders at a dark and showery East Lea here in Filey this morning included a pleasant interlude with this accommadating Greenshank, aware of my presence and not giving a flying one either way.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

More Filey Bottlenose Action

A little more time to sift through photos of yesterday's memorable Bottlenose Dolphin experience here at Filey, and a chance to post all potentially identifiable dorsal fins in one post. I took as many records shots as possible so that, theoretically, we can ID at least a few of them by matching them with known individuals on existing databases, and we already know that the one with the silvery outline to her dorsal is Guinness (-r 009) from the Moray Firth population, and is over twenty years old.

There's plenty of other interesting evidence to ponder, including the number and age of youngsters, the Harbour Porpoise-like dorsal of the individaul above (far right), the paleness of the one the below, the size of the one at the foot of this post - all illustrating how amazingly variable this species is in appearance. More to follow when I get the details.... click on images to enlarge.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Twelve Grey Bottlenose, Hangin' In The Bay

A quick one from this afternoon's seawatch on Carr Naze, Filey. As always at this time of year it's as much about cetaceans as it is birds, and after a quiet first hour I picked up a pod of playful, entertaining and long-staying Bottlenose Dolphins in the bay over towards Bempton - perfect timing for the Seawatch Foundation's Whale and Dolphin Week, and SF Robin and I had the pleasure of showing dozens of people the spectacle unfolding offshore.

Over the course of an hour or more, the various sub-pods meandered around the bay, coming closer and eventually rounding the Brigg and heading North. Lots more photos (of various distinctive dorsal fins - ID'ing should be fun!) to sift through, but all in good time.....

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Late July On The Coast

The Snipe equivalent of a bicep-tensing macho fool
A few random shots from the last week or so, post-Ireland, back in Filey. After a recent upgrade from 70D to 7D mkII (I know, yawn.... stay with me) I've been trying to get used to the new camera, and I'm getting there slowly - the light for these shots was poor (dark, cloudy, rain) and the results would've been far, far more grainy with the 70D, but more passable results with a high ISO with the 7D II bodes well for the autumn.

Common Sandpiper - as expected at this time of year, plenty of these (and Green, and the odd Wood) dropping in and going through at the Dams and East Lea
If I'm honest, when not working I've spent most of it swimming in the bay and eating ice-cream with the Mrs and our friends, but odd sessions locally have been productive....

Icterine Warbler in the drizzle, in the grasses at the end of Carr Naze....
..... soon finding the relative safety and improved cover of the Magic Bush

The long-staying, long-suffering Spoonbill at the Dams
Huge numbers of Painted Ladies and Silver Y's 

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Irish Adventures 2019 - Sunfish, Skuas & Cetaceans

We were blassed with a variety of memorable experiences with a variety of amazing wildlife during our pelagic trips from Cape Clear Island, and it wasn't all about the birds by any means...

One of the stand-out highlights for all of us was the spectacle of Short-beaked Common Dolphins, not just a little curious but positively over-friendly, and not just for a while but on multiple occasions and for extended periods during our trips.

A fantastic bonus was a very close Ocean Sunfish (too close for my lens for much of the time, so I defaulted to just enjoying the experience) which, after we cut the engine, also came up to the boat and checked us out for several minutes - magical! Throw in a few Bonxies (pictured below) and Arctic Skuas, and on top of the seabird action of the previous posts, it's safe to say we made the most of our bespoke access to this idyllic, incredible corner of the world.

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