This afternoon I popped down to Hill Head with my In-laws, Kath and Eric who are visiting over the festive period. The wife wanted us clear of the house for a bit of peace and quiet!!
Upon parking by the sailing club I could see a small flock of Eider quite close inshore.
Eider, Hill Head, 24 Dec 2008
I counted 21 birds in total of which the majority were adult drakes. They are normally much further out when I see them. I could see some were busy preening, whilst others were diving down feeding in the shallows.
Four species of Gull were loafing on the shingle beach at low tide. Including a single Lesser Black-backed which I don’t see too often down here.
Lesser and Greater Black-backs, Common and Black-headed Gull. Hill Head, 24 Dec 2008.
Black-headed Gull, Hill Head Harbour, 24 Dec 2008
Great Black-backed Gull, Hill Head, 24 Dec 2008
As we walked past the end of the Haven we flushed a Grey Heron which flew off up the river. I only had brief views but I could see it was carrying possibly the biggest fish I have seen a Heron tackle. The picture below is a litte distant but the fish can be clearly seen hanging from the Herons bill. Needless to say the Black-headed Gull in attendance received no Xmas goodwill from its larger cousin.
Grey Heron, Titchfield Haven, 24 Dec 2008
Lastly I would just like to wish the few people who read this Blog a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.