Saturday, December 12, 2009

More Meds

December just seems to be a quiet month so I have decided to concentrate on the Med Gulls who have come back to winter with us. There are now 7 individuals who visit the Holbeck Car Park in Scarborough which consist of 5 adults and 2 second winter birds. I hope you don't get bored looking at these birds because I hope to be doing some more posts of these magnificent gulls soon - enjoy!

Monday, November 09, 2009

Return of the Meds

The Mediterranean Gulls have come back to the Holbeck Car Park area again for the winter. At the last count there has been 4 adult winter and 2 second winter birds present and the easiest way to have a close encounter is to take plenty of bread with you.

One of the second winter birds is holding a ring tag No. E913736 which was ringed in Belgium on the 27th May 2008 and also one of the adult birds is ringed too and apparently was tagged in Serbia. All the above information was found out by fellow wildlife photographer Dave Mansell who has also got some great images of the Meds on his website so please take a look -

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

What A Little Gem

This little gem of a bird dropped in to my local reserve at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, just a little bit different to look at to the normal gannets, puffins etc. I believe it was a first for Bempton and what a fantastic bird it proved to be. Showing very well the only downside was the weather which consisted of mist, thick cloud and very bad light conditions. All images above where taken on 1600 ISO @1/60 second.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

What A Beauty!

Great Grey Shrike

After a tip off from Paul Scales (many thanks Paul) at 9.00pm on the 19th, of a Great Grey Shrike last seen that day at 3.30pm on the coastal path behind South Cliff Golf Club, Scarborough I just knew it had to be an early morning dash before work to see if this stunning bird was still in the area.

I gave Nick Addey (Scarborough Birders Recorder) a quick call again the night before just to let him know a GGS had been seen in our recording area and told him that I would be checking the area out first thing in the morning. So I arrived at the site the next morning and as I was setting up my equipment Nick pulled up in his car. We both made the short walk from the car park along the coastal path to the area which Paul Scales had so kindly given me directions too.

After a fair bit of scanning around Nick found the bird at the base of a bush halfway down the cliff side. We watched the bird for a good 10 minutes before it started to get active and then to our amazement the little beauty flew up to a bush just a few metres away. Both myself and Nick then spread the word to other fellow Scarborough Birders before I had to dash off to work. What a great start to the day, just hope it sticks around for a while.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Filey Brigg

Common Redstart

Velvet Scoter



Bar-tailed Godwit

Firstly apologies for the lack of posts to my blog recently. I have had a new edition to the Race family, another little boy "Sam Race", so as you can imagine things have been a bit hectic so I have changed holding a camera to holding a baby boy.

I did manage to get an afternoon out with the camera in between changing nappies, so I took a trip to Filey Brigg. Once I got on the beach the waders were showing well with 3 Dunlin and a large party of knot being very obliging. A single Bar-tailed Godwit kept its distance, but just managed to get a couple of record shots.

Took a walk to the Brigg end and bumped in to Ian Robinson from Filey Brigg Bird Group who had found a pair of Velvet Scoters feeding just off the south side of the brigg. Quite distant, again just managed a record shot. Got great view through the bins, it was great seeing these sea ducks fairly close to shore. Whilst watching the ducks a Blackbird flew in off the sea closely followed by a Goldcrest, I wonder how far those birds had travelled before they hit the brigg?

After staying with the Velvet Scoter for 30 minutes, I then decided to take a slow walk back to Filey Bay to find Ian again watching something moving about the rocks in front of him. It was a beautiful Common Redstart which for me was quite unusual to see perched on a rock on Filey Brigg.

I had taken this afternoon trip with fellow wildlife photographer Andy Shepherd from West Yorkshire who travels to the Yorkshire Coast quite often. Andy produces some outstanding images, so I can't wait to see what images he produced on the day!

Please keep checking out the blog and my website, updates will be a little slow but don't let that fool you in to thinking that I have stopped going out taking images, just have other important issues at the moment - right where did I put that dummy!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Glorious Gannets

If you take a trip to RSPB Bempton Cliffs Reserve you will see that the Gannet colony at Staple Newk View Point is in full swing. Most of the chicks now are bordering on fledging looking very dark in colour and nearly as big as the adults. Most of the other seabirds have now left the cliff with only the Gannet still big in numbers.

There are still a few Kittiwakes, Fulmars and the ever present Herring Gulls on the cliffs, but all the Auks have returned to the sea. There has been reports of Arctic and Great Skuas seen passing the reserve moving south past the Flamborough Bird Observatory, and now is a good time to also keep a look out for Shearwaters on their migratory path.

I will be holding my third exhibition at the reserve on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August from 10.00am to 5.00pm so please pop in and say hello. Also on the 29th is the first RSPB Shearwater and Skua Cruise sailing on the "Yorkshire Belle" from Bridlington Harbour at 9.00am. For more information and to book a place on the cruise(s) call 01262 850959 or email