The Kittiwake is my probably favourite gull, so it was nice to get up close to these birds around the rocks, but also to see them at their nests. Sadly, they're a 'red status' bird these days. So hopefully an abundance of sand eels this year will help their breeding and improve their numbers.
A nice sea breeze made it easy for them to hang in the air.
On the nest with the future generation.
There were a few Rock Pipits on the island. This one did its best to try and avoid me.
A bird that I was only able to add to my life list just a few months ago, was in abundance on Staple and around all the Farne islands. The Shag is smaller than a Cormorant, and in my opinion a lot better looking. I love that starry green eye and the hair tuft. Another bird now on the red list, with only 10 breeding sites around the UK. It's a bird I was happy to get up close with, and by close, I do mean within a few feet.
A nice contrast of adult and juvenile. Note the eye is blue and not green on the youngster.
In more familiar territory.
It let you get that close? Stunning bird, the green eyes are amazing. Is that bird drop art, haha.ReplyDelete
i have the same experience with small perchers like thewarblers etc. Except for the last part, where you actually got great pictures of them! I haven't got that part down very well yet.ReplyDelete
The shag is definitely better looking than its cousin (I am not a huge fan of cormorants, although I do take a lot of pictures of them. Because they hold still!)
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Aw, you found some little ones! I love seeing the comparisons, how much they change.ReplyDelete
What a great set of posts - I was sure that your visit would be good. Every time I travel to the Uk I want to get to the Franes!ReplyDelete
Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne
Beautiful bird photography.ReplyDelete
Wonderful captures Adam. The Shag sure does have vivid eye colour!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous photos - as always!ReplyDelete
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Oh, terrific photos. I have never seen a shag, it's quite an interesting looking bird.ReplyDelete
The Shag's eye color is such a rich green! Your photos are amazing. I am never quick or quiet enough to capture good photos of birds/ReplyDelete
I've never seen a close up of a shag before so I never saw those intense green eyes. I think your shag is different than what we call a shag in New Zealand.ReplyDelete
Hello, AWESOME series. The Shag's eyes are cool, pretty color. Sorry, I am just catching up after being away. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy day and week ahead!ReplyDelete