Thursday, 11 February 2016

Out of Bounds

I left the Patch today...traitor!

I had my reasons. A visit to Castle Hill hospital this afternoon was the crux of it. So, it was up to Barmston for a look for the 4w Kumlien's Gull. I thought it had moved on but a report yesterday suggested otherwise. Besides it was an excellent opportunity for "dog on beach".

After scanning from the caravan park we moved North up the beach. I picked up a decent skein of Pinkfeet out over the sea...


There were 3 groups of gulls along the beach about 50yds apart. There were plenty of gulls moving over the sea but I couldn't find my quarry. I DID however find an adult Med' Gull.

It was noon by now so I started to head for Hull. News then came over the pager of 2 good ducks at North Cave G.P. I had 3 hours. Lets give it a go!

I arrived at 12.50 and made my way to the main lake and parked. I entered the (surprisingly) empty hide? Have to admit, it was nice and peaceful. I started to search. Most of the wildfowl was very distant ( a typical scenario) so I went back to the car for the 'scope. After around 15 minutes I found the redhead Smew at the far left by the reeds...


There were LOTS of Teal! I was looking for one with a white vertical line across side of breast. There were a few in the water but most were on the far bank...even further away! Eventually I found it...

Bottom right
I still had around 15 minutes so I tried a few pics through the 'scope. I rarely digiscope but I tried a few settings and managed a half-decent shot considering the distance (c80yds)



As I was leaving Paul Herrivien was arriving with his young lad who soon got bored of the adult chat, so we didn't get chance to talk for long. Maybe next time Paul...

2 comments:

ian ballam said...

Surely a vertical stripe Alan.:-)

Alan Whitehead said...

Absolutely Ian! Don't know where that came from? A senior moment!Thanks for pointing it out...and reading my Blog!