Sunday, 11 September 2011

Surfin' Sabs

As mentioned previously, if the Sabine's Gull was still at Belvide today, I'd make more of an effort in trying to get some pictures. Well if that wasn't enough, there was also the added Brucie Bonus of a Manx Shearwater!

Actually the Manxie had to take priority, as a county tick was at stake.

You wouldn't believe how difficult it was to digiscope. With the wind whipping up the waves, I've got plenty more pictures of just water. But with that safely ticked away, the Sabine's Gull gave me a little runaround. Whilst walking along the dam someone mentioned that the bird had flown across to the shore in front of the new Andrew Chappell hide. So walking back and into the hide, where was it? Back by the dam of course!

At least the exercise does you good. Back to the dam, the Gull performed wonderfully well, picking off insect on the water's surface. And with the gaining breeze, in amongst the surf!

A subsequent wander around Gailey had the Red-necked Grebe still around, 2 juvenile Shags and 2 Arctic Terns.

Bring on tomorrow's storm!

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