Alcid Trip

With the Brünnich’s Guillemot staying to Saturday another rare event took place on Sunday… Skev twitched a bird for probably the first time in three years. Meeting up at Mark’s e were down to Weymouth in good time and bumped into Jono Lethbridge, Dave Bradnum and the other Wanstead birders for a hearty McDonalds breakfast before heading off to Portland Harbour to score with an absolute mega.

Things didn’t go quite to plan as despite being seen early most days there was no sign early on. The Black Guillemot was still present as was a Common Guillemot. There were four Great Northern Divers and good numbers of Red-breasted Merganser. It was starting to look like my Alcid woes were set to continue. Skev noted another Auk dive but despite much searching we didn’t relocate it. Probably half-an-hour later someone thankfully picked up our target. Get in! Brünnich’s Guillemot on my list. A bird I honestly doubted I’d ever see in Britain. After performing well but in poor lighting we decided to try for the Glossy Ibis.

Now that was easy!

Glossy Ibis, Radipole

Glossy Ibis, Radipole

We decided to head back for second with the auk. By now it had moved a lot closer and in better light… the cameras rattled into action.

Brünnich’s Guillemot, Portland Harbour

Brünnich’s Guillemot, Portland Harbour

Brünnich’s Guillemot, Portland Harbour

Brünnich’s Guillemot, Portland Harbour

Brünnich’s Guillemot, Portland Harbour

Brünnich’s Guillemot, Portland Harbour

Brünnich’s Guillemot, Portland Harbour

Brünnich’s Guillemot, Portland Harbour

On our way home Skev’s TwatNav was plaing silly buggers but I got a bonus sight tick… Weymouth FC’s Wessex Stadium. Look at those floodlight pylons. What a day!

Weymouth FC

Weymouth FC

Finally a bit of LSD inspired inspiration… who says drugs are all bad?

 

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