Off to Northumberland today, left early to see the Greater Yellowlegs, Tundra Bean, Grey Phalarope, Lesser Scaup, Ross's Geese and Eastern Black Redstart. Get it right and it could be a dream day........... However, the best laid plans........ We got off to a bad start by arriving at Low Hauxley only to find the Greater Yellowlegs wasn't there, followed it to Druridge Bay only to be told that 'It's just flown off, unlucky'. It headed in the direction of East Chevington and we headed towards Holy Island to hopefully see the Eastern Black Redstart. At least the tide was on our side as we crossed the causeway. Another long walk along the beach to the back of the village school. Luckily the bird was very confiding and we got some really good views.
Dedicated local patch worker,.photography enthusiast ...birding is a way of life!It has to be said inland patch working for the most part,is a very unrewarding experience,especially without a real 'hot spot' like a big resevoir for instance,or something even designed to attract birds.....Gunthorpe was my spiritual birding home for 17 years but with the advent of more anti-social behaviour...drunken kids,off-road dirt bikes and anglers who leave enough rubbish to fill a skip...MEN (yes men not youths or kids) with air rifles shooting anything that moves...burnt out cars,fly tipping and finally having my car broke into,i finally admitted defeat and gave up!!!! I now frequent Hoveringham gravel pits,working the sailing lake area mostly.
I can just about put up with the local farmer and game keeper, who(legally it seems) shoot any bird possible,oh and the foxhunting........isnt that illegal now!!???This blog isnt about incredible photos,just my personal exploits in a visual manner. Welcome to my world!!