Posted by: mynaturaldiary | January 2, 2018

Sanderling at South Gare

South Gare at high tide presents a different shoreline to the birds. What was once beach

is now flooded. The Sanderling make their way along it, searching for food.


Sanderling (Calidris alba)

You can see from the following video that they can walk very fast if they want to.

They flock together, and flew off down the coast.

You can also see Black headed Gulls in their winter plumage behind the Sanderling.

Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)

Turnstone are often seen with Sanderling.

Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)

Greater Black backed Gulls chase the lobster boat coming into Teesmouth.

Great Black-Blacked Gull (Larus marinus)

And in the sky, a solitary Cormorant flies past in the dimming light.

Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)

On the ground Starlings feed.

Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

On the beach, the tide is still coming in.

Deep in the sands are Lugworms, which leave their casts on the surface. These are hunted by the birds, especially longer billed ones such as Redshank.

Redshank (Tringa totanus)

As the sea comes in, trapped air in sand which isn’t fully saturated is expelled forming a stream of bubbles.

The water ripples.

Out at sea the windfarm is being checked for structural integrity by a survey vessel.

The light fades along the coast towards the distant cliffs to the south.

And the vista used by Sky Artist of the Year  of fishermen’s huts and moribund steelworks looks different in the light.

Teesport and the distant Seal Sands refinery stand out as night begins to fall.


More Soon!

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