Friday, 20 August 2010

Sunderland - harbour walk

Four days spent in Sunderland were never going to produce much on the birding front! I was there with Gemma, who was competing in the UK National Swimming Championships and to be honest, didn't miss birding at all as she cruised to two Gold, a Silver and Bronze medals! London 2012 - here we come?? Still a lot of hard work and improved times needed but things are looking promising!

Anyway, I did prise myself away for an hour on Friday afternoon and walked the harbour wall with my 300mm lens. There were plenty of folks fishing and I'd missed the amazing spectacle of a guy reeling in a Cormorant after it took his bait! He was still nursing his wounds....

The tide was falling and a few waders were on the move overhead including small flocks of:

Redshank






Knot






Terns were active overhead or catching fish and feeding juveniles

Common Tern










A quick shake......










What a difference a patch of good light makes!








Sandwich Tern








Going down.....










I didn't expect to see much but with Kittiwakes over plus the odd Guillemot at sea and Ring Plovers / Turnstone seen too, it wasn't such a bad short walk with a short lens.....

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