Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Heading North for Seabirds - The Journey and Seahouses

Last week my friend Steve and I headed north-eastwards for a couple of days seabird photography. I am still processing images so the trip will be spread over several posts. Our first destination was Seahouses in Northumbria for a trip over to the Farne ISlands. We decided on the drive up to head across the North Yorkshire Dales to see if there were any curlew or red grouse to be found en route. We found both and stopped briefly to photograph some curlew in flight.
Continuing our journey, we arrived in Seahouses in the early evening, booked into the accomodation and headed straight to the harbour for a short session with the Eider that reside there.
The drake Eider
and some junior Eider
We also took a short walk south from the town and found a low cliff with Kittiwake, Fulmar, Sand Martin and Rock Pipit.
Kittiwake on one of their precarious nests
and Rock Pipit that was gathering seaweed maggots to feed young.

We decided to call it a day and headed back to the accomodation charge the batteries and sort out the kit for the following day's trip out to the Farne Islands, hoping the weather would be kind.

3 comments:

Snowbabies said...

That first shot of the Curlew is amazing.

Paul.

Roger B. said...

Fabulous pictures! We were hoping to get to the Farnes this year, but it looks like we're going to have to postpone our visit until 2009.

Rich Steel said...

Many thanks for the replies Paul and Roger. Roger hope you plans for a Farnes trip work out soon but when you do go don't forget a hat!!

Cheers

Rich

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