Sunday, 13 February 2011

Kittiwake on Toast

Trying to find somewhere interesting to go is getting increasingly difficult in this miserable weather. My first thought was Grove but I woke up too late and all the harriers would have departed by the time I got there. My second idea was the cliff tops (raven perhaps?) but when I got to South Foreland the wind was vicious so that thought was shelved. Thus I ended up at Deal pier.
Sea watching from Deal pier has one great advantage – it has a cafĂ© for when you get fed up with nothing going past and when I arrived it looked as if I’d soon be going there as all I could find were 3 gt crested grebes near the beach and a lone guillemot in the middle distance.
I then spotted a juvenile kittiwake hanging in the wind around the pier so I got the camera out and fired off a few shots.
Kittiwake - 1st winter
This was fortunate because a few minutes later a few things started flying past (though it must be said often quite distant).
First up was a/the guillemot:
Then a very distant razorbill followed by a red throated diver (the first of 5 seen going nowhere in particular):
Red-throated diver
A few shots of the kittiwake then a distant flock of 4 great crested grebes went past to go with the 3 I’d seen fishing close by.
Great Crested Grebes
There was a bit of a kittiwake movement south about 9.30 -10.00 where 17 went past – mainly 1st winters along with another 4 auks went south.
Kittiwake - 1st winter
I was just packing up when I noticed an adult kit approaching which then had a flutter over something – toast!
Kittiwake on toast

1 comment:

  1. That Cafe sound good. The way the weather has been, a full English while looking out of the window sounds just the thing.