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A quick side trip as I was drivign up to Scotland brought me to the RSPB site at Bempton Cliffs, Yorkshire.

Bempton Cliffs is renowned for its seabirds and although the Puffins eluded me the Gannets were very active.

The cliffs give a great vantage point for photographing these huge seabirds

 

Gannet

 

Gannet

 

Gannet

 

Gannet

 

Gannet

 

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Soukous

A challenge is always a bit of fun when photographing birds so when I was viewing at the Arctic Terns on North Uist  I thought it worth trying to see whether i could get any photos of them as they dive bombed me.

I wasn't very close to their nesting area, but apparently even 50 metres is not acceptable to an Arctic Tern.

They ar enot very big birds but boy are they aggressive and despite the fact I was wearing a heat I still found myself ducking to avoid their sorties.

 

Arctic Tern

 

Arctic Tern

 

Arctic Tern

 

Arctic Tern

 

even a mouthful of fish did not stop them from trying to chse me away

Arctic Tern

 

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I had been told in advance that I'd see plenty of Short-eared Owls on North Uist. Even so, I was not prepared for just how many I did see.

It must have been 2 or 3 every day, and they seemed very happy hunting in daylight - although, to be fair, there was not a lot of night.

 

Their bright yellow eyes make for some lovely photos, even if the weather is not great.

Short-eared Owl

 

Short-eared Owl

 

Short-eared Owl

 

although sometimes the weather was great,

Short-eared Owl

 

 

 

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Although there were many birds that I did not manage to find - which fact Fred @Galanawill no doubt take great joy in highlighting - I did have great fun with some species that insisted on puttingon a show.

These Common Terns were very entertaining - already in my  BY at #93 with a pretty crappy photo, so allow me to indulge myself.

 

Common Tern

 

Common Tern

 

Common Tern

 

Common Tern

 

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7 hours ago, Soukous said:

which fact Fred @Galanawill no doubt take great joy in highlighting

Oh Sir. How unkind. As if I would stoop so low to mock anyone who hand delivers The Glenlivet at the roadside.:P

 

Great pictures too.

 

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PeterHG

A whole bunch of stunning flight shots! 

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On 7/16/2021 at 9:17 PM, Galana said:

Oh Sir. How unkind. As if I would stoop so low to mock anyone who hand delivers The Glenlivet at the roadside

 

Not at all, given that I missed so many species I should have found it would not be undeserved

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2 hours ago, Soukous said:

Not at all, given that I missed so many species I should have found

I dunno. Given that you were unguided and on unfamiliar territory I don't think you did too badly at all. You got the Corn Bunting!

(And you do NOT want to know what I accidentally found at the Common Scoter site less than an hour after we parted on 10th.) Luck does play a big part.

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1 hour ago, Galana said:

(And you do NOT want to know what I accidentally found at the Common Scoter site less than an hour after we parted on 10th.)

 

I so nearlystopped off there again, but the thought of prolonging what was already a long drive dissuaded me. No doubt you found something i really wanted, like Red-throated Divers, or Black-throated Divers 20 metres from the bridge.

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Soukous

A substantial number of Little Terns going aerial at Winterton on Sea, Norfolk

Little Terns taking off

 

Little Terns in flight

 

Little Terns in flight

 

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Soukous

Snettisham in Norfolk is a place where one can either see almost nothing or too much.

 

In late summer & early autumn  the wide expanses of sand on the eastern shores of the Wash are the location for a real wildlife spectacle as waders gather in ridiculous numbers and try to stay ahead of the incoming tide.

Black-tailed Godwits, Oystercatchers are plentiful, but the real stars of the show are the Knots.

 

Knot spectacular

 

Knots in flight

 

Knot spectacular

 

Knot spectacular

 

Knot spectacular

 

Knot spectacular

 

Knot spectacular

 

Knot spectacular

 

Oystercatchers

Oystercatchers in flight

 

Oystercatchers in flight

 

 

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offshorebirder

Fantastic spectacle @Soukous!

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janzin

@SoukousWow that's amazing!!

 

 

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Soukous
11 hours ago, offshorebirder said:

 

Let me know when you're coming :D

 

It is a late summer phenomenon and I reckon it is best to try and catch a late afternoon high tide on a sunny day for the best light. My visit was early morning, but I think late afternoon is better.

 

The unfortunate thing is that apart from this amazing spectacle, it is a very quiet time for birding in the UK, apart from Tern colonies which are fledging and on the point of returning (reterning? :rolleyes:) to West Africa and a few other seabirds. 

Although I suppose that as you are 'offshorebirder' this may be right up your street.

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I would definitely recommend Snettisham. I went in late May and although the spring tide didn't produce the numbers expected in the autumn or winter it was still impressive. The nesting black headed gulls and terns were great to watch from the number of excellent hides the RSPB have around the reserve.

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I was out earlier this week planning to photograph smaller things using my macro lens. Fortunately I had my D500 and PF500 over my shoulder when these two kestrels came out of the trees squabbling over the kill one had made.....

 

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Since not everyone looks at the Big Year threads,I'll post a coupleof eagle shots here too.

 

Even though the purpose of the visit had nothing to do with birds or photography, a recent visit to Gotland gave me an opportunity to see and photograph some Eagles.

 

Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle

 

Golden Eagle

 

Golden Eagle

 

Golden Eagle

 

Golden Eagle

 

White-tailed Eagle

White-tailed Eagle

 

White-tailed Eagle

 

White-tailed Eagle

 

White-tailed Eagle

 

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A Red Kite as well

 

Red Kite

 

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 I spent a week in the Scottish Highlands recently and amongst other wildlife found myself photographing terns and gulls in flight. This was a common tern entering a dive.

 

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Nikon D500, PF500, f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO250

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