On arriving at the Grebe pool the wind had picked up but was quite warm so we sat on the bank for a hour or so just to see what would come over and was pretty productive with Common Snipe,Redshank,Black-tailed Godwit,Kingfisher and the resident Kestrel being noted.
We then took a walk around looking on various pools with only the usual wildfowl present,we arrived on the Humber Bank where Mandy picked out more Redshank on the shoreline and a single Curlew,as we headed towards the visitor centre I noticed a bird high up next to the bridge which was soaring and after a look through the bins and to my excitement it was a Pomarine Skua and soon after I noticed a pale phase Arctic Skua but Mandy was photographing a darker bird making 2 Arctic's (poor heavy cropped record shots below of all 3 birds),also a single Dunlin & several more Redshank flew past.
With the cloud building and time pushing on we continued along the board walk in front of the centre with a few Common & Black-headed Gulls present,half way along the board walk a Redshank came in and landed for a few seconds before taking flight again.
A pleasant afternoon out with my partner :)
Back to work tomorrow :(
|Arctic Skua (pale)|