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Monday, 17 September 2012

A selection of Lowestoft Birds

Late afternoon on Sunday 16th September, I was keen to take advantage of the sunny weather and excellent light. First stop Lake Lothing at Asda. Always a happy hunting ground today was no exception, several, 6 Common Terns were flying around, up to 6 seen, an adult and 5 immatures constantly fishing. Next a Grey Seal was seen in the water briefly with its head up it then swam back east where it surfaced again 100 yards to the east. Finally the Guillemot, in winter plumage was seen on the water right in front of Asda. It disappeared when 6 sailing ships sailed past and west. Next stop Ness point, on the seawall by Bird's Eye, I saw Danny P digiscoping and as I joined him I could see a group of around 15 Turnstones and an immature Purple Sandpiper with them, it spent most of its time at the back/ top of the rocks not surprising as the Turnstones would occasionally chase it off. I also spotted to the right a Knot, in transitional summer to winter plumage, it was still a warm ochre colour on its breast. The Knot was harried almost constantly by the Turnstones. We were then joined by andrew E. The Knot fed on the rocks bathed in the water, it posed nicely for the camera (but not the digiscope) by stretching its wings and then went to sleep a couple of times for a few minutes. Later on, from Links Road car park, by the marram grass, I saw a Wheatear, it was showing well albeit in the shadows but finally it appeared bathed in the sunlight and I crept up and managed a few shots.

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