High flying birds

Whilst photographing the house martins on the ground may be relatively straightforward, capturing them in flight is a whole different challenge, and one I am yet to master! So much quicker and more maneuverable than this herring gull soaring lazily above, this is the closest I have come to a successful in flight shot of…

Nest building

Spring is a busy time for birds with those having made it through the harsh winter now turning their attention to finding mates, building a nest and raising the next generation. Living on the edge of the tidal mudflat provides a great opportunity to watch all kinds of birds gather nesting materials from the flotsam…

Spring Freeze

It is now the beginning of March with the promise of Spring just around the corner, but you could be forgiven for thinking we are still in the very depths of winter, with temperatures plummeting into sub zero figures and snow and ice covering much of the country. Whilst times are tough for us, with…

Opportunists

Whilst gulls are are well known for their sometimes unsavoury habit of scavenging from our waste, they are in fact highly opportunistic feeders with a varied diet ranging from fish to insects, worms, crustaceans, molluscs and even other small birds and their eggs. High tide in the harbour provides the resident Herring Gulls with a…

Gulls behaving badly

With their ear splitting calls, quarrelsome nature and less than savoury table manors it’s easy to see why the Herring Gull has earned a bad reputation as an urban menace, somewhat unfairly in my opinion. Gull are in fact highly opportunistic, adaptable and very intelligent birds , with complex social lives. Now that the nesting…

Rain Dance

To most, the seagull is a bothersome, noisy bird that doesn’t have a lot of endearing qualities. However if you take the time to watch them, they can be just as fascinating as some of our favourite garden birds and there’s certainly no denying their intelligence! Below are some images and footage of a herring…