2nd July 2022
Turkestan Shrike adult ♂
An early morning trip to Yorkshire with RR & AE on Saturday 2nd July was rewarded with superb views of an adult male Turkestan Shrike which was a new bird for all of us.
Initial views were distant as it remained in a distant hedge row but as the day warmed up the Turkestan Shrike become much more active and eventually flew alot closer.
Here are a selection of Digi-scoped photos i took :
Really enjoyed seeing this bird to the back drop of Yellowhammer & Corn Bunting which were in great voice, also plenty of Tree Sparrows were in the adjacent fields and a Little Owl put in an appearance for a short while.
Bempton Cliffs Rspb
Black-Browed Albatross with Gannets.
A short walk back to Bempton Cliffs was very rewarding with superb views of the Black-Browed Albatross resting on the Cliff amongst Gannets.
Eventually the Black-Browed Albatross had a fly around often very close to the cliff !!
A truly wonderful experience especially when you factor in the 1000's of seabirds on view including Puffin, Razorbill, Guillemot & Fulmar.