Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Saturday, 13 August 2016

St Marys seawatch.

Wander down St Marys today with my new walking aid for a test drive.

Handy for carrying kit as i now struggle to do this.

Good start was Green-veined, Large and Small white all on the same plant. Many on the wing today.
So some good birds today, Arctic skua, Ruff, White wagtail, and a pair of Roseate tern.

Couple of Knot among the increasing wader numbers, just missed a pod of harbour porpoise.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

GP open day July 2016

Had a visit to the open day at GP yesterday. Always like to help out with the visitors who come to the hides at this event. More like February than July, i was pleasantly surprised with the steady flow  people all day dodging the heavy showers and strong wind.

The raft held a few Common Terns with an assortment of chicks of various stages of growth, and with the optics provided folks could get a few close views of these delightful birds.

at one point the adults erupted from the platform and it took a while for the reason to be seen, a Buzzard drifted overhead, before departing west.

For a change a Kingfisher put in an appearance, not once but twice, much to the delight of us all. I think these are worth several members alone.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Back Home

Back home again after another spell in hospital, not very mobile and still in pain, looks like Autumn may well pass me by.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Bit of Culture.

Had a visit to the Laing Art gallery last week. As ever first port of call is The Northern Spirit exhibition featuring works of local artists and scenes especially the work of Ralph Hedly who captured the ordinary working folk of the North East so well.

Upstairs to the main gallery and just standing and drinking in these wonderful works is a pleasure. Looking at the way the landscape is captured appeals to my natural instincts, and in the case of John Martin`s  four displayed paintings his use of people in the environment  just sets off the magnificence of his work..

Through to the next gallery and my main reason for visiting today to see the For Ever Amber display of wonderful photographs mainly from the 70`s and 80`s around the North East. Most are B&W photos capturing the ordinary folk of the region going about their daily business very sobering as so much has now gone due to political machinations.

Possibly because of my visit to the Laing, and because my foot is still limiting my mobility i went back to Killy Art club yesterday. I always feel intimidated and a bit of a fraud here because my doodles are a far cry from these artistic and creative folk. But they are friendly and its nice to see them at their work, had a great chat with a very senior chap who uses pastels and chalk to do remarkable portraiture with a vitality i can never seem to get in anything i produce.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Lighthouse longings.

Its been quite a while since i managed to visit St Marys, health and weather have made it difficult to get out.  So with the promise of a bit of seawatching based on a North Easterly  i made the effort to hobble down to the site.

Could not walk far so settled into a seat on the point overlooking the rocks on an incoming tide. On the cool side the wind gradually increased so a few whitecaps appeared. Plenty Terns on the move, and smatterings of Auks, Gannets, and Common Scoter.

3 close in dark phase Arctic Skua delighted, and 2 larger distant skua`s were probably Bonxies. Few waders around but Redshank, Curlew, Turnstone, Oystercatcher and Golden Plover, were joined by a  single calling Whimbrel.

Joined for a while by my old sparring partner D we set about rectifying all the worlds problems, later another acquaintance informed me there was a pod of White-beaked dolphins feeding north of the lighthouse , but they never came south.

First Ringlet butterfly of the year struggled to fly in the increasing wind and as i was now getting cold i headed for home. Still it was nice to be out in the sun shine for a couple of hours.