Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Puffins, Geese and Gulls

Wednesday January 20

Happy Birthday grandson Josh, 12 to-day.
As it is the last day of Irene and John Miller's Paintings and photographs exhibition, we needed to pick up our Puffins painting. What a splendid opportunity to have a fruit scone. 
Before indulging, we drove a very wet and extensively puddled, Beach Road. It has rained heavily most of the morning. A smaller flock of Brents, thank goodness, but many seemed to be over the brow again. On the return journey i found the Pale-bellied again and, at last, a good adult Black Brant. The flock of Golden Plover flew off as we arrived.
After the scone, coffee, a chat with Pat about Honda CRVs and collecting the painting, we drove down to Salthouse Beach car park. Pam remembered that we had a bag of cubed stale bread in the back, so we fed the gulls and Turnstones. Great fun trying to photograph them, the Turnstones never still and the gulls too near for my 300 lens much of the time. Never pleased.....

Adult getting its summer dark brown hood already

Winter plumage

Getting there

Adult winter Turnstone

Juvenile bird

Winter adult

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