Seahouses Harbour 10th February 2010

I spent 2 days working at Seahouses Harbour and although work kept busy I did manage half an hour or so on the first day for a quick look around and get a few shots off.

ABOVE AND BELOW DRAKE EIDER
There's a resident flock of Eider feeding in the harbour and I spotted a pair of Goldeneye whilst I was there.
ABOVE FEMALE EIDER BELOW FEMALE GOLDENEYE
Gulls as expected are there in good numbers and include Greater Black Backed, Lesser Black Backed, Herring and Black Headed.

ABOVE GREATER BLACK BACKED GULL BELOW 2nd WINTER GREATER BLACK BACKED GULL
All the labels on my photos are what I've identified them as, so if they are incorrect please let me know I'm only just getting into trying to identify juvenile gulls and well..........
Waders included Oystercatcher and Curlew and a few smaller species that I couldn't identify with only having my binoculars with me. Both Shag and Cormorant were also feeding and roosting around the harbour entrance.

ABOVE 1st WINTER HERRING GULL BELOW 1st WINTER GREATER BLACK BACKED GULL
On the way from my hotel on the second morning I spotted Fulmar around the cliffs of Bamburgh Castle. After chatting with Phil the Harbour Master I'm hoping we can get back up for a few days during the breeding season and have a trip out to the Farne Islands.  

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

That seems to be a very good place to which to have been sent to work! I'm really impressed with your drake Eider shots, they are excellent. A nice pink tone showing as well. The others photos are also very good. You're going to become our gull expert. Any progress yet with that book? Mike

Derek Gallagher said...

It's a great place to have a look around for a few hours though on the first day it was freeeeezing!!
I don't know about gull expert I've not had confirmation that my id's are correct. Although not ordered yet the big day is next Saturday so I should have the book then fingers crossed.

Derek

S.C.E. said...

I really miss Eiders from back home in the UK, such a beautiful duck......

I went to university in Newcastle but never made it up to Seahouses but I saw some good stuff at St Marys...........