Sunday, 2 January 2011

North Yorks

I set off this morning with the intention of targetting 3 species, velvet scoter, mediterranean gull and iceland gull.
I started at Filey Brigg and got there for first light.
there were a few common waders on the car park including oystercatcher, redshank, knot, dunlin and bar tailed godwit.
Once on to the beach and heading for the brigg I saw some common gull species, grey plover, curlew,purple sandpiper wigeon and great crested grebe.
On the brigg itself it was quite rough and the scoters were keeping their distance as were the eider.
I also saw a small flock of snow bunting fly north.
I did not see a velvet but some of the guys down there spotted a couple.
next it was on to Scarborough and dodging between the squalls I managed some nice shots of the mediterranean gulls with a rainbow in the background.
Then it was on to the harbour.First thing I saw was a large seal then the great northern diver.
I threw some bread into the harbour and almost immediately a small group of large gulls appeared including the iceland gull.It posed nicely for about 20 minutes before disappearing.
After that I had a quick look at Scalby Mills at the wigeon flock but they were quite distant so headed for home mid afternoon.


Filey at dawn
Filey at dawn
Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Iceland Gull
Iceland Gull
Iceland Gull
Iceland Gull
Iceland Gull
Great Black Backed Gull
Great Northern Diver
Great Northern Diver
Great Northern Diver
Great Northern Diver
Shag

1 comment:

Blackbird said...

You've got some superb shots there Martin! Keep up the good work with your blog, I enjoy it very much.