Sunday, July 15, 2018

Greater Sand Plover, Easington

















What a bird !  We arrived in the morning about a minute after it had been flushed by a peregrine which wasn't good. Decided to hang around a while just incase it was re-found so we headed to Sammys, thinking we could have a nice walk and not too far away. We didn't even get to Sammys before it was picked up again at the Narrows, so drove like a formula one driver down to the gate, got parked on the roadside only to look at my phone and see that it had flown. Bugger ! 

So, we called at the Smith residence for a cuppa and a catch up which turned into a full on BBQ for lunch, delicious. With the radio not too far away and turned on loud, just incase, and bingo - we couldn't believe our luck that it had turned back up at the boatyard on the beach. Excellent views despite dogs and people everywhere enjoying the summer sun. Some old faces to catch up and a good laugh. A new UK bird for us moving Karen's list on by another tick.  A fabulous day !

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Dark Red Helleborine, Co. Durham






















With an overcast day forecast, we thought it a good idea to head north to see the dark red helleborines that were now flowering and we were not disappointed. The quarry floor was covered in 100's of spikes along with pyramidal, fragrant and twayblade. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

RAF Coningsby 100 Year Celebration


























A brilliant day at RAF Coningsby. The Typhoons were flying in the RAF 100 year celebrations so we just had to go watch them all take off and return. We got there good and early knowing parking would be a nightmare, but we easily got into the overspill car park. It was good to walk up and look at them all lined up, all 34 of them. But they were not all taking part in the Buckingham Palace flyby, just 22 of them that flew in the '100' formation. The noise was ground moving when they all got started up and taxiing, all lined up and all took of together. Deafening ! We have never seen so many Typhoons together and it was absolutely fantastic. We waited for them to return, which wasn't long, and they all landed on our side of the runway, flying very low over the road. A wonderful day xx