Bridlington again

Posted on 9 June 2013, 17:22

I spent another week in and around Brid in the middle of May – staying, as usual, at the Mont Millais.

Right up front I’ll say that the weather wasn’t particularly kind; and that while the “usual suspects” kept their side of the bargain, there was a dearth of more notable birds in the area – although predictably, it started snowing migrants in E. Yorkshire from the day I got back home.

Ho hum...

It’s no secret that I love photographing waders, and Bridlington’s resident Turnstones and Purple sandpipers were their usual obliging selves:


Turnstone, Bridlington


Turnstone, Bridlington


Turnstone, Bridlington


Turnstone, Bridlington – these aren’t turkey-sized Turnstones, incidentally. They’re baby mussels!


Purple sandpiper, Bridlington


Purple sandpiper, Bridlington


Purple sandpiper, Bridlington


Purple sandpiper, Bridlington


Purple sandpiper, Bridlington

I love to see the resident crab-pot-inhabiting House sparrows too:


House sparrow, Bridlington

Of course, the other draw is Bempton and its seabird colonies – Gannets are kinda addictive, and the supporting cast is great too:


Gannets, Bempton (A cliché Рfor which I make no apologies!)


Gannets, Bempton


Gannets, Bempton


Gannets, Bempton


Gannet, Bempton


Gannet, Bempton


Gannet, Bempton


Gannet, Bempton


Gannet, Bempton


Kittiwake, Bempton


Razorbills, Bempton


Fulmar, Bempton


Fulmar, Bempton

Back at the RSPB reserve – well obviously, Tree sparrows:


Tree sparrow, Bempton


Tree sparrow, Bempton


Tree sparrow, Bempton


Tree sparrow, Bempton


Tree sparrow, Bempton

And friend:


Jackdaw, Bempton


Jackdaw, Bempton

As I mention above, the weather wasn’t always kind. At a loose end one day, I decided to wander up the coast to Sewerby Hall.

It’s got a little zoo...


Golden pheasant, Sewerby – I like the almost abstract feel of this.

And – what can I say? – I like Ring tailed lemurs!


Ring tailed lemur, Sewerby


Ring tailed lemur, Sewerby

But – just to get back to “proper” wildlife photography – I got this juvenile Wood pigeon in the grounds:


Wood pigeon, Sewerby

And this Carrion crowand a wing stretch!!! – on the way back to the hotel:


Carrion crow, Sewerby

This is just a small sampling of the week’s output: nothing out of the usual species-wise, but plenty of nice images.

I did get my first Summer plumage Dunlin on the beach between Sewerby and Bridlington, but the light was awful, so they’re relegated to the “nearly” pile. It was a pleasant break as always though, and the fish and chips were as good as ever!



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