Tuesday, 24 November 2015

When the North Wind Blows.......


The forecast last Friday the 20th warned of gale force North Westerly winds so i made my mind up to do a sea-watch from Reculver on Saturday morning the 21st .

I started from the car park and instantly saw a male Red Breasted Merganser and lots of Kittiwakes ,then i heard news of a 1st winter Surf Scoter on the sea at Grenham Bay (Great find by Martyn W) , i made a quick drive up there but after an hours searching getting very wet & cold without any success i decided to head back to Reculver Towers and find a place out of the wind to do some more sea-watching .

Another Kittiwake.

I soon found a spot out of the wind and begun sea watching in earnest , 1000's of Kittiwakes & Gannets flew past in a constant stream , there always seemed to be something to look at , plenty of Auk's and of the ones i could positively id were Guillemots.

Lot's of Gannets.

There were plenty of wildfowl going past , mainly Dark Bellied Brent Geese with a female Goldeneye , 5 female Goosanders , several Shelduck & wigeon plus 2 Gadwall.

Female Goldeneye & Great Skua.

There was in access of 35 Great Skuas including a group of 12 birds , 1 pale phase Arctic Skua and a very close Little Auk which was picked out by Marc Heath.

I took lot's of photos of the Great Skuas but as you can guess most were of poor quality but here are a few that i thought were not to bad .

3 Great Skuas .