Monday was an absolute peach of a day with some cracking sightings too. As usual the views were just breathtaking and the wildlife was out there enjoying it too. A couple of Great Northern Divers were in the throes of pairing up with a lot of calling and chasing about going on which put the wind up the Otters that were cruising the shallows.
I headed off to another location for a bit of a walk to see if there were any Primroses showing yet. The short answer is.....no but it can't be long now. A group of five Mistle Thrush were nice to see as were the two Fieldfare that flew from the same location. Bullfinches seemed to be out in force but the best I got was a couple of birds through deep cover. As I rounded a corner an enormous bird was heading towards me, my jaw dropped, nothing moved but the bird, the sound of the wind through it's wings was awesome. I could see the bird casting an eye over me as it approached and I hadn't lifted the bins or took the lens cap off the camera yet!! COME ON - MOVE!!!! I got there eventually with a bum shot.
I watched that bird disappear and as I turned around, shaking my head, hardly able to believe the encounter I'd just had, I looked upwards and there was another bird using the same flight path!!
Grinning like a fool I headed back to the Otter with a brief stop to watch some RB Mergs while I calmed down! The Otters were still in the same area so here we go...a bit of video...
...all that swimming about makes you itchy - must be barnacles.