Kestrel, suspended in the air, not hovering.
And a gliding Carrion Crow
We found just one alive, next to a dead one below.
As we arrived at the Brigg proper, it became apparent how much this rocky peninsula just into the open sea: Cormorants, flotillas of Gannets and loose groups of Kittiwakes and torpedo-like Razorbills passed by on their way to Bempton. A turnstone and a group of Oystercatchers were the only waders on sight, but a Swallow passed us by a couple of times, and I snatched a quick snap.
A Record shot of the second Swallow of the year, passing over the Brigg itself, the first one we saw on the drive on fields by Flixton.
A Cormorant passing by.It was time for a picnic, and back by the cliffs we chose a sheltered south-facing cliff face, where we were soon joined by Green Tiger Beetles. Amazingly flighty, like shiny, metallic jewels, with an iridencence that makes them look bronze or green depending of the angle of the light. Their abdomen is the most amazing blue-green colour, which is visible on flight, but disappears as they alight, making them more difficult to spot. I promptly consumed my lunch and, lying down on the rocks proceeded to take hundreds of photos of these awesome and flighty beetles. This is a small selection (click on the photos for a high resolution view).
This one flew off from the clifftop as I was going to take its photo, I was quite pleased with this resulting, surprisingly focused, in flight shot.
The clay cliff eroding into mud avalanches.
A male Pied Wagtail on the cliff top.
A pair of Herring gulls.Bird list
- Carrion Crow
- Herring Gull
- Meadow Pipit
- Pied/White Wagtail