Monday, 19 February 2018

A foggy spring tide and feeding frenzy at South Landing

A grey and wet day at Hull, I headed towards Flamborough, which was forecasted to be dryer. The drizzle and rain had all but stopped as I arrived on South Landing, but there was a thick fog. On arrival the tide was almost out and it was a spring tide exposing an expansive sandy and rocky beach where a dozen Oystercatchers few with a few Turnstones and a Curlew fed. The poor weather meant there were far fewer dog walkers than usual on the beach.
 I walked towards Danes Dyke and watched seven Fulmars doing their usual circling and noisy cackling around their future nest sites. A trio of Stock Doves were also guarding a couple of caves on the top of the cliff.
A different sound called my attention: gannets! I had never seen Gannets from South Landing, but peering through the thick fog I could make their shapes, diving in drifts into water that appeared to be bubbling. Rafts of Guillemots and Razorbills were also feeding with the Gannets. Some Herring gulls watched attentively. There appeared to be a large school of fish near the shore. It appeared to be moving quickly as the auks flew ahead to follow the fish. The fog lifted somewhat and I could take some very poor shots of the action.
 To top the visit, a pair of Red-throated Divers spent some time preening just offshore.
The creek that runs through south Landing

Oystercatcher.
Rock Pipit.
Cormorants and Great Black-backed gull.
Common Scoter.
This poor shot gives some idea of the action.

Five Great Crested Grebes.
Fulmars.
Fulmar pair calling.

Stock Doves.
Fog towards Danes Dyke.
Red Throated divers.
A Great Crested Grebe with fish.
A Great Black-backed gull got a large flat, a dab maybe?
Roe Deer in the woodland.
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