Posted by: mynaturaldiary | August 22, 2012

Seal Sands

There are plenty of common seals on the banks of Greatham Creek, near Seal Sands this time of year, about 3 hours before low tide.

Harbour Seal (Phoca vitulina)

Across the bank of the creek were Curlew.

Curlew (Numenius arquata)

later, as the tide turns and it goes out, the seals move down the creek, to end up on the mudflats of Seal Sands, overlooked by a hide, part of the Teesmouth National Nature Reserve.

On the mudflats were Redshank.

Redshank (Tringa totanus)

Oystercatchers

Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

And walking back, a Cormorant.

Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)

Passing the tidal pools showed fine views of Shelduck.

Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)

And a fling of Dunlin.

Dunlin (Calidris alpina)

These wove their way across the muds, as hopefully the next few gifs show.

Delightful.


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