Sunday, 10 April 2016

high tide this morning

The river Ogmore at Ogmore-by-sea had a really high tide this morning. The amount of water going up river from the river mouth and sea, overspilled onto adjacent fields. The field by the restaurant where we recently saw Teal was completely flooded meeting with the river. A staggering amount of water. 
We saw a few birds moving around, mainly Mute Swans, Mallards, Canada Geese, many Herring Gulls with a few Lesser Black-backed gulls among them, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, a couple of Shelduck, Cormorant, Sand Martins, Barn Swallows and our first House Martin of the year. These hirundines favoured the flooded fields, constantly whizzing around high and low over the water surface. 

Mute Swans

Sand Martin - record shot but if you look carefully you can just about see the brown band on the chest, white under parts, brown head and back.

Barn Swallow  

I managed to get some action shots of the Great Black-backed Gull, in pursuit of a Crow which may have had food in it's bill. Notice how black the wing colour is (below).

Massive, bulky looking gull.

Pink legs are a big giveaway for identification here in the UK for this black-backed gull.

Record shot of it really having a go at the Crow.

A short outing but again with results. 

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