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Thursday, 15 October 2009

Iceland........ by Plumb Centre

Tuesday and I had to go to the Plumb Centre so I took my bins and camera to have a look along the estuary that runs behind the industrial estate, in the compound an Iceland gull preening with a few other gulls, it eventually took off a relocated on the staithes along the river these have no access and as such attract drying Cormorants, loafing gulls and numerous Pigeons, a Seal popped up to see what was going on and a Kingfisher landed on the edge , I had seen it fishing from rocks further along, checking the bushes only revealed a couple of Robins & Blackbirds, with Reed Buntings near the pools, the falling tide attracting good numbers of waders to the flats of Monkeys Island !!

Seal checking me out.

It still has the dark eye , 1st winter

A grey ,dull overcast day, does nothing for the fantastic colours of Kingfisher, this bird silent as it flew from perch to perch.


Birding about Northumberland said...

Lovely shot of the Kingfisher, It's on my 'must see' list there are some in Plessey Woods apparently,but I haven't been lucky enough to see any

Northumbrian Birding said...

Thanks but it was only a blog shot,your first sighting of Kingfisher will probably be just a flash of blue as it speeds past,but nevertheless exciting, they often call in flight ,and it is this that usually gives them away.
tried to put the call on here but unable, look on the net for it.

Mark Mowbray said...

Hi Brian,

Nice image of the Kingfisher, is this the one that hangs around the boat yard area? Nice seal pic its been in the river all year and can often be watched catching fish, i've got some nice pics of it eating trout somewhere I will did them out and put them onto my blog site.



Northumbrian Birding said...

Hi Mark,I have had Kingfisher ranging as far down river as the south harbour, and Seals used to regularly haul out on the mud , to the east of the boat yard.