Sunday, 12 August 2012

Snatches from the sea

Birding the last three days has been in snatched hours here and there, early morning or late afternoon and predominantly staring out to sea in the hope of some quality wafting in on the south-easterly breeze. There are no 'numbers' out there right now, at least not passing close but persistence has rewarded me with an adult Roseate Tern on each of three sessions amongst the more numerous Common & Sandwich Terns.

Skua numbers have been steady with seven Arctic Skuas including one or two loafing on the sea and a pale adult that downed a Kittiwake and sat a few tens of metres offshore for a good half hour on Saturday. Two Great Skuas north, one distant and the other almost over my head. A single Sooty Shearwater yesterday and a few ducks, Teal and Common Scoter this morning.

 Arctic Skua

In the south bay I counted 19 Mediterranean Gulls this morning, including 2 juveniles and one that was much further advanced towards 1st-winter. A colour-ringed adult Kittiwake was also on the beach.

Common Tern (adult)
and together with offspring

2 comments:

Marc Heath said...

Nice shots, particularly the second shot. How I would love a Roseate Tern at Reculver this year!

Alan Tilmouth said...

Yes, we're lucky in being relatively close to Coquet Island so the post breeding dispersal always seems to throw up a few. Last week there were reports of up to 19 on the breakwater just south of where I seawatch.