Thanks to a change in government guidelines, I was able to travel to my parents last week and stay overnight. It was so good to see them again after 3 long months.
I did my birding nice and early in the morning so as to avoid others, and headed to places I knew would be very quiet at 5am in the morning (yes, most places are, but I wasn't taking any risks).
I headed to Salthouse, a beach I know that is very quiet, unless you are a bird. I enjoyed watching the Sandwich Terns tracking the shoreline up and down while squawking as they did.
The weather was good, with warm sunshine from very early. Always a help when stood still for some time and the light helps the pictures.
One of the many Sandwich Terns seen over the week.
With a what looks like a sand eel.
There were only a few Common Tern around.
There were very good numbers of Mediterranean Gulls along the coast.
Similar in size to a Black-headed Gull, but with a distinctive black hood and orangey bill and legs.