We spent an hour or two sea watching. There were hundreds of Guillemots with a few Razorbills out there as well as some Kittiwake and the odd Fulmar and Gannets. A couple of times Shag flew closer in which gave the opportunity to try and get some shots. The rough weather made for a difficult if exciting sea watch.
Saturday, 17 January 2009
Portland - Part 1
I took a birding trip down to Portland Bill today with a couple of friends. Portland is on the south coast of England and is a magnet for migrating birds as it sticks out quite some way. It is also a great area for winter birding.There was a stiff south westerly wind which made the sea quite rough. These Purple Sandpipers were sheltering on the cliff face. I couldn't get any closer for better shots and they refused to wake up for me so that I could get a better pose!The strong winds made for some spectacular waves breaking against the rocks as can be seen in the following photos. I certainly had to be careful of getting sea spray on my camera and optical equipment! It was exhilarating stuff to watch the waves coming in and the sound was amazing!