Recollections of a coastal walk by Coquetnaturelover
The Northumberland coast which stretches almost 100 kilometres is an incredibly beautiful part of the UK where you can see a huge diversity of resident and migrant birds in their natural environment throughout the year.
With the exception of the shore larks on the beach at East Chevington, the photos in this post were taken between Boulmer and Low Newton by the Sea - a stretch of coastline just a few miles long. So you see, there's no need to travel the whole coast to see the amazing wildlife on offer here - not to mention the beautiful beaches! If you decide to pay a visit, it might be an idea to take a few sandwiches and a drink as you may end up walking much further than you originally planned! And, don't forget to check out the tides before you head out...
The wintering shore larks in the next couple of photos were taken last month before the high winds of Storm Doris hit the UK. There were about half a dozen shore larks foraging on the beach - too far out to photograph but luckily a couple did come closer allowing a better view.
Boulmer (pronounced Boomer), is a small fishing village, approximately six miles east of the market town Alnwick (pronounced Ann-ick ). The coastline here is stunning and lined with dunes - a wonderful spot to visit if you enjoy walking and birdwatching.
Winter is a great season to take photographs as on a clear day, the warmth of the light will add atmosphere to your nature and wildlife images without you having to alter your camera's settings! Sometimes the best close up shots actually come out with my phone - especially when I'm photographing plants and flowers.
The next sequence of photos were taken late afternoon with the sun arcing low in the sky, bathing the beach in a warm reflected light.
.... the beaches
.... and the birds
|Oystercatchers foraging on the beach|
|Eiders coming into land|
|Goldeneye - has to be a favourite!|
|Flock of dunlin with redshank and sanderling|
|Long-tailed ducks - not easy to photograph!|
|Purple sandpiper at Football Hole, Low Newton by the Sea|
|Spot the turnstone if you can!|
|Grey heron in a pool behind the dunes|
Later in the year, I will try to get some snaps of the moisture loving plants that thrive in dune habitats. See my post from July last year for photos of pyramidal orchids, bloody craneshill and rest-harrow. Click here to view A walk at Beadnell Bay - Creeping willow is another plant supported by dune slacks which I've seen on Holy Island. Must remember to get a photo next time I'm up that way!
|Hen harrier hunting over the dunes|
|Stonechats can often be seen in the dunes|
|Greylag geese coming home to roost at Low Newton by the Sea|
Looking for a sunset bird in the winter
by Robert Frost
The west was getting out of gold,
The breath of air had died of cold,
When shoeing home across the white,
I thought I saw a bird alight.
In summer when I passed the place
I had to stop and lift my face;
A bird with an angelic gift
Was singing in it sweet and swift.
No bird was singing in it now.
A single leaf was on a bough,
And that was all there was to see
In going twice around the tree.
From my advantage on a hill
I judged that such a crystal chill
Was only adding frost to snow
As gilt to gold that wouldn't show.
A brush had left a crooked stroke
Of what was either cloud or smoke
From north to south across the blue,
A piercing little star was through.