Friday, 18 January 2013

Better late than never... first post of 2013!

Well, not got off to a brilliant start to the new year with regards to posting frequently... Don't even really have a very good excuse other than been fairly busy I guess! Been out walking lots with the pup but don't often take my camera or bins, and see the regulars; chaffinch, blackbird, song thrush, various tits, lots of fieldfares and starlings around also.

Our brief snow flurry earlier this week resulted in it settling for about 2 hours until it all melted, I did get a few nice photos though...

Blackbird with a snowy beak

Collared dove

Pup with a snowy nose, ready to jump into the flower bed!

I had a driving lesson on Wednesday and as I was driving back towards home, there was the most beautiful hazy sunset. When I got home my mum informed me she had seen 12 waxwings at Whitstable Tesco. Gutted I missed out on seeing them.

Anyway yesterday we seized the opportunity to go out for a wintry walk down to Seasalter, have a wander along the sea wall and along the beach. The main thing to note were about 400 gulls looking rather lovely on the estuary lit by afternoon sun. I think they were a mixture of gulls, they aren't really my strong point so could have been just a mixture of juveniles and adults. Well I took a few photos but they were quite far away, if anyone would like to enlighten me if there are any gulls which look exciting to them, please do leave a comment! There were a few turnstones, a couple of ringed plover and also knot around and we were also delighted to have a shelduck fly by!

Beautiful calm water
They are quite far away, but any ideas? We both also wondered what the group of black birds were to the right of the photo..

Ringed plovers

Turnstones in flight


Our naughty pup

More gulls


Shame about the pylons but it was such a lovely sunset!

As I said above any comments on the gulls would be welcomed :)

I will try and post again a bit sooner!


  1. Hi Lou,
    Lovely photos, particularly the sunsets!
    The gulls look pretty much the usual fare, a mixture of Black-heads and I think there is a juvenile Herring Gull to the right of one of the shots. The black birds look to me like Common Scoters, but could be wrong, quite difficult to see at that distance!
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    1. Thanks for that John, would be great if they were Common Scoters, not seen them before! It was lovely lighting, but I never think photos do it justice!