I spent Saturday 4th March 2017 with Glynn and Richard at various coastal sites in North Yorkshire, a favourite area of ours and only a few hours drive from home. The over wintering Great Northern Diver and Black-necked Grebe were showing really well in the harbour at Scarborough, but the early morning weather was really grey and overcast, making photography difficult. The diver was busy fishing for Shore Crabs and put on a great display and with patience was very confiding. Along with the Black-necked Grebe and a few Shags we soon spent three hours here, then time for some local Fish and Chips.
We then spent another couple of hours with the local Mediterranean Gulls nearby. There were at least 10 birds on view comprising of a mix of adults, first winters and a single second winter, all performing in front of us and often at point blank range. A visit to Flamborough Head eventually produced the rather elusive male Black Redstart. Unfortunately, for me, it only showed briefly on a couple of occasions and was very elusive. Plenty of sea birds arriving back onto the cliffs, Kittiwake, Razorbill and Gannet. A brief time at Bempton Cliffs RSPB in the hope of a Short-eared Owl, but none performing for us. A great day and some good photo opportunities.
Great Northern Diver – Above 7 images – Scarborough Harbour, North Yorkshire – Tony Davison©
Black-necked Grebe – Above 3 images – Scarborough Harbour, North Yorkshire – Tony Davison©
Mediterranean Gull – Above 9 images – Moulting adults – North Yorkshire – Tony Davison©
Mediterranean Gull – Above 6 images – First winter – four different birds – North Yorkshire – Tony Davison©
Mediterranean Gull – Above four images – 2nd winter – North Yorkshire – Tony Davison©
Fulmar – Flamborough Head, North Yorkshire – Tony Davison©
Razorbill – A raft off Flamborough Head, North Yorkshire – Tony Davison©
Shag – Scarborough Harbour, North Yorkshire – Tony Davison©