Friday, 23 July 2010

Everything's Rosy

With seawatching poor this morning according to the early morning advance watch I headed for the beach instead to try and use the sunshine for some photography and perhaps eke out a Roseate Tern or two for the self-found list. As the tide turned I was watching a small group of terns on nearby rocks, a couple of young Sandwich Tern and one each of adult Arctic & Common. After about forty minutes another tern joined them and spent about ten minutes preening. Getting close with no cover is not really an option so I settled for good views through the scope, a record shot in the camera, wet toes and cramp.

A small selection of waders added  interest, mainly Sanderling on the turn plumage wise, with the odd ginger Dunlin lurking. A few Turnstone, Redshank and Ringed Plover along with c100 Golden Plover. Most of the waders dozed in the sun, perhaps taking it easy after a long journey.

I moved on to Newbiggin south beach and found 13 Mediterranean Gull this morning, interesting that there wasn't a juvenile amongst them. I went back after an hour's seawatch tonight, the gulls were all jammed at the north end of the beach as some sort of 'Ironman' type challenge was going on further along the beach. My white balance needs work!

A seawatch from Church Point produced little, another Roseate Tern flew south and 35 Manx Sheawater north, a lone Arctic Skua the only other bird of note.
Water levels have risen again on the Wansbeck after the rain so a couple of Common Sandpiper were the only waders down there. Elsewhere local ponds turned up two Greenshank and two Green Sandpiper this evening.
Next week sees the start of the kids holidays, so expect more 'beach' posts as the kids and I take advantage of (hopefully) good weather and get out and about.


Bob Bushell said...

They are precious pictures Alan.

thedrunkbirder said...

I'd start by dialing in at least -1 underexposure manually. Try a test shot and see if you need a bit more... you can always recover the white from an underexposed shot but rarely the other way round.