Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Late-comers

Yesterday I had another look at the Spurn high-tide.  It was very different from the previous visit.  My nephew and I arrived well before the high tide was due, but there were relatively few waders present. A Common Scoter and a Grey Seal were a little out of the ordinary.  We waited until half an hour after the high tide and the situation hadn't altered much.  We went to the other almost derelict hide, where we saw a Whimbrel on the beach & then had a close encounter with a flock of Sanderlings.  We were about to try another bit of the peninsula when suddenly thousands and thousands of Knot could be seen arriving, presumably having been spooked from another roosting site - Beacon Ponds?
Sanderlings
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 Knot
 Knot
 A Finger of Knot
 Knot over the Humber
 Mainly Grey Plover over the Humber
 Record Shot of Common Scoter
 Grey Seal
 Willow Warbler
 Grasshopper
We then had a look at Kilnsea Wetland where we saw 3 immature Avocets & one parent, 2 immature Shelduck and an Oystercatcher.  A Marsh Harrier was hunting over Beacon Ponds & sent up the largest number of Terns Ben had ever seen.  Later, a Greenshank dropped in, but was too distant to photograph. 
Avocets
We then decided to walk along Beacon Lane where a male Wall Brown played hide-and-seek before eventually posing nicely.  There weren't as many butterflies as in other years, and the bird life had quietened down.  At Beacon Ponds there were many Sandwich and Common Terns roosting on a peninsula, but they remained out of range of the camera lens.  
Male Wall [Brown] 
 Underside of Male Wall
 Brown-tail Moth
 Black-tailed Skimmer

1 comment:

Scott Davidson said...

Thanks for knowledge share, I will be waiting for future posts

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Marcus White Lisdoonvarna