Saturday, 27 October 2012

Frustrations of Seawatching!

With a very strong north west wind forecast for this morning reaching gusts around 50mph I was out of the house early at 6.30am in anticipation that a few birders would be going to Reculver for a seawatch. I arrived a few minutes later to see Phil Parker already parked up, I suspect he had slept there all night. After a quick chat we made our way up to the towers in the dark where as the light picked up around 20 birders arrived for what we hoped would be a good seawatch. To put it all bluntly, it was not that good at all as we did not see the expected Puffins, Little Auks, Petrels and Shearwaters that were seen either side of Reculver, thats birding for you! I sat it out until 11.15am in very cold conditions noting 25 Gannet, 2 Tufted Duck, 12 Great Skua, 8 Wigeon, 62 Brent Geese, 25 Kittiwake, 2 Knot, 13 Teal, 22 Common Scoter, 21 Little Gull, 7 Razorbill, 4 Dunlin, 12 Shelduck, 3 Lapwing, 1 Red throated Diver, 1 distant Skua species and c20 Skylark. Not much for the camera today but a shot of the birders seawatching from the towers. I have a week off work now and so hopefully will be able to get out a few times and find a few late migrants if I am lucky.

Seawatching at Reculver

12 comments:

  1. Sir I just discovered this blog and I love it!! I am an avid birdwatcher back here in the states. GREAT blog sir!

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    1. Glad you enjoy the blog. If you looked last week you would have seen many more photos!!!

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  2. Good to see the photos are staying on, you shoulda been down the coast a bit.

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  3. You had a good morning Martyn. I was going to come down but sods law would then have had something fly by Reculver.

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  4. Bummer about the lack of action, but the number of photographers is impressive.

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  5. Just so good to see you bloody-well out there Marc....made my day!

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  6. Hi Marc, I just wanted to say how sorry I was to read you had lost all the photos from your blog. I can well imagine what an awful, sickening shock that must have been. So glad you are continuing though, the photos on the last post and the one before are as lovely as always.

    Incidentally, I noticed there was a mention in your comments about storage space and thought it worth saying that as long as photos are reduced in size to 800 x 800 pixels or less they do not count towards the 1GB of free storage on Picassa. So in effect, as long as you reduce the size of your photos you will never run out of space or need to delete photos. Apologies if I have mentioned something you already knew.

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  7. Obviosly as i am now adding photos again they are going into the picasso album which is also om my mobile. Is there a way i can stop them on my mobile from appearing. I dont want them all on there, especially when it gets into the hundreds. Any help appreciated.

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  8. Cant imagine how cold it was there Marc, It was cold enough here in the relative shelter!

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  9. I'll bet that they felt a wee bit cold.

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  10. It sounds like you have, at some point, set up google sync on your phone which must be where you had problems. I have never synchronised my phone with google so have no experience of it. I can only suggest googling 'how to stop Picasa syncing to phone'. I tried it and there is a lot of information which may help you. Sorry not to be able to help further but I would hate to suggest something which might cause you to lose your latest blog photos as well.

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