Friday, 24 January 2014

Sea bird spectacle from the fishing boats!

A Stunning sunrise from the fishing boats this morning over a flat calm sea that was smothered in birds. Apart from Divers most birds were either feeding or tooing and froing. 07.40-09.20
Red-throated Diver:  327W  including a flock of 214.
Great Crested Grebe: 1,500+ feeding
Fulmar: 2W
Gannet: c50
Cormorant: 400+
Oystercatcher: 6E
Auks: c5,000 majority of which are Guillemots
Grey Seal: 1

North Thames Herring Gull  M8HT
At south end of the ARC the above Great White Egret seems to be a permanent fixture, along with 100s each of Gadwall, Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, Pochard and Tufted duck also 6 Goldeneye and 3 Red head Smew.
At Dengemarsh a superb male Hen Harrier flew through. A flock of 6 Corn Buntings and 10 Reed Buntings were near the Chicken Sheds. At the bottom of the Gully c20 Meadow Pipits and c30 Linnets.

 The 2 Black-throated Divers were still on the New Diggings along with a red head Goosander and 2 red head Smew.
Birders being moved on by the police for parking on the causeway!
The police seem to have a bit of purge on birders parking on the causeway at the moment. Though there seems to be a grey area around the legality of these actions.
I can understand being moved on between 07.30-09.00 and 16.30-17.30 when the wacky racers that work at the power station, are racing up and down the causeway seemingly ignored by the police.  After reading the following taken from the internet I am none the wiser.
 Parking on single white lines
If the road has a continuous single white line running along the left side, parking is considered legal but in some cases may be used to discourage parking - though this is subject to localised laws such as no parking enforcement signs or other such prohibited parking markings. 
However, in certain cases the single white line represents that there is no pavement , if this is the case then it would be illegal to park on a single white line. Such locations can often be areas where no street lighting is available and the continuous white line is 
used to define the edge of the carriageway.

1 comment:

  1. Great shots of the male HH Martin. As you know I have suffered from this same issue with the Police and i didn't even get out of the car!!