My first stop was the dunes for a look on the sea, as I scanned the foreshore I noticed lots of gulls and terns feeding in a pool on the edge of the tideline and it reminded me of photographing terns in a small pool back in 2013. I had to investigate...
Two hours and one and a half 16GB CF cards later, I headed home.
The pool had attracted over 200 black-headed gulls and hundred or so terns of three, maybe four, species (I didn't get any arctic tern photos). Here are the results...
|This sandwich tern was colour ringed. It's a green ring with either EJO or EJD on it. I've not looked it up yet.|
|Sandwich tern in 'angel pose'|
|I've always wanted to photograph a tern just before it goes into the water...|
|Lift-off from an unsuccessful dive - I love the energy in this shot|
|Common tern in angle pose|
|Stunning bird! Roseate tern|
|Profile view - Roseate tern|
And not to forget the gulls in this tern-fest...
|Adult Herring gull|
There's hundreds more photos...
I eventually got down to Cresswell this morning to photograph the rockpools with mixed results which I'll try and put on here later in the week. This excursion meant I was doing my WeBS count at 8.30pm tonight, The Pectoral sandpiper is still on the Budge fields, with two greenshank, two ruff and a handful of snipe and redshank (someone had a wood sandpiper later which I didn't see). On the big pool, teal and wigeon are returning and two molting pochards were a rare sight. Two adult Med gulls were on the beach.