Sunday, 29 December 2013

Gilly Twitching

Have to interrupt the Sumatra story to share some photos of the Brunnich’s Guillemot I twitched today. It is not something I would normally do but buoyed by the high from seeing the White-billed Diver I ventured over to Portland Harbour in Dorset where this magical beastie has been hanging out for several days. And what a bird it is. Despite the light being poor and making photography tricky, it came in close to shore and allowed amazing views, making the twitch totally worthwhile. And isn't this what makes birding so great? This bird should be hundreds and hundreds of miles to the north, and here it is gracing the south coast of England…..

Brunnich's Guillemot

 The White-billed Diver is also still present closer to home and also showing well.

White-billed Diver

 Several Purple Sandpipers were hanging around Brixham Harbour and I particularly like the way the yellow colour of the seaweed compliments the bill and leg colour of the bird. 

Purple Sandpiper

 And these Black-throated Divers were also nice too.

Black-throated Divers

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