I live in a camper van with a West Highland Terrier for company.
My passion is creating images but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN

Thursday 15 September 2011


I was up with the Lark this morning. Could well have seen one for all I know. It’s been a very busy four hours birding and other things that took my fancy along the way. I went back to the Gannetry. I really do need to join a birders club………I met three today, they weren’t much help. One was trying to convince me a Rock Dove was a Kittiwake………..I knew it was a pigeon. I think they were winding me up or maybe they were just dumb birders. They had all the gear………cammo jackets, and they were just for their lenses……..Like howitzers the lenses were. One even had a tripod head bigger than my camera and lens. It’s a floating, hydraulic, diesel electric, gimbal head………………..apparently!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA      Sunrise this morning………….I’ve seen worse at least it was on time 0634h. I like things prompt. Walked and fed the dogs and off we toddled half an hour later.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         It was blasted chilly. These Seven Spot Ladybirds obviously thought so. Every fence post for fifty yards had a similar colony. Never seen them do this before.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   A Red Admiral drying it’s wings.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   I saw one of the flocks from yesterday…………..Goldfinches. This shot and half a dozen similar passed a good half hour on. I could have done with a beater to circle round and drive them towards me. Still most of my bird images are rear views………….I’m thinking of specialising in them. The rest of you can do the front views.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  I’m not sure (1). My head is spinning I’ve been backwards and forwards through the bird book till I'm dizzy.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA     I’m not sure (2)……….I thought I was following a Wheatear from pillar to post. It’s comfort zone was seven posts. I even got the dogs to stay………….no simple task…………but seven fence posts it remained.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA       A Green Veined White Butterfly.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA     A Small White Butterfly.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA     To round out the Butterflies this lovely Small Copper…………I hope. A first for me.

We eventually arrived at the Gannets.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA    This is a better image than yesterdays view of the colony. Nearly broke my neck to get a clear view of it. Worth it though it is one of the best places I’ve seen.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA     You’ll have to look carefully but these, I hope, are Rock Doves. Even I know they aren’t Kittiwake. There are dozens of them but they fly too fast for me.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA        A young Gull of some sort. The Gulls fly level with the cliff top the Gannets are too far away and lower down.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         I didn’t notice this mutual preening yesterday but it was a popular occupation today.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         You can’t tell from my snaps but they have the most beautiful pale blue eyes. Stunning birds.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA        Here are two airborne. I don’t know if this is the best I got. I do know I’ve got a lot. There is still the odd Razorbill around………….I never saw one but the ornicopters at the platform assured me they had seen some.

It’s been another great morning and I’ll now sort out some other birds what I’ve snapped. We are suffering a plague of Craneflies. The birds are having a real feast. I’m just breathing through my nose. They taste of nothing.

Have fun I’ll be back. All Images should enlarge……..non are cropped.


  1. The Gannets are there, again. Lovely images. The Red Admiral was a Small Tortoiseshell, the next could be are probably Meadow Pipits, I'm not sure, the Wheatear was a Wheatear, top marks.

  2. Cheers Bob and many thanks..........it is hard work for me seeing things.

  3. HI Adrian...you sure have hit the jack pot on this stay...
    I am really liking this spot...wish I was rich, a trip would be in order!!
    I can't say I have a favorite ..they are all fantastic, from that gorgeous sunrise to the flight of the Gannets.
    The Lady bugs are really cute huddled like that ..never seen that either

    Enjoy for all it's worth


  4. Grace, it is top spot for this month.
    Beetles, Birds and Butterflies. What more could I ask for?

  5. When I look at your photos, I would like to become a bird to fly over those beautiful places you've captured.

  6. Bob is spot on with the ID's; and you're spot on with the pictures Adrian. You got some great birds there.
    That looks a superb sunrise. Missed it this morning, me and Trevor were driving off to Northants.

    Ignore the birders. Plenty are complete nobs, and too far up their own backsides. Some are OK though.

  7. Great selection of images Adrian.
    Looks like an excelent location.

    Not sure (1) are Meadow Pipits.....[;o)

  8. Olga, It is wonderful.......a great area.

    Keith, thanks. I had a grand day.

    Trevor, I thought they were meadow Pipets. They didn't seem to fly in that up and down manner that they usually do.

  9. I wish I could get up at 0634 with the camera for a shot like that. Nice post but surprisingly my other favourite shots are I'm not sure 1 & 2.

  10. Jay, I'm often around if not firing on all cylinders at fourish.