Sunday, 22 March 2015

Two days of sunshine and sand...lots of sea birds.... Part one




We were lucky enough to get away for a few days to Beadnell .

Beadnell is a village and civil parish in Northumberland, England. It is situated about 4 miles south-east of Bamburgh, on the North Sea coast.


We have stayed here many times before, over the last ten years. The little village has a collective mix of houses, ranging from Art decor  to fisherman's cottages. The houses on the sea fount have large picture windows so you can admire the lovely sea views.



The beaches stretch for miles, and at this time of year not many people at all..

I was looking forward to photographing the sea birds with my new camera, I was not disappointed and got a few birds I have not recorded before.

Redshank
Female Eider
I managed to find some Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) flowering, a wild flower I have not recorded before.


 Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)



 Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)
 The harbour walls of Beadnell were built in the 1790's where the lime kilns of that date still remain. Stretching from the harbour is the long and sweeping Beadnell bay









Sparrows, starlings and Jackdaw were feeding amongst the Crab nets.







This was late Thursday, by now the cold sea wind had reached the point of  freezing hands and stinging faces, so we made our way back to the B and B.

Passing the Rabbits keeping the lawns trim.



Woodpigen feeding amongst last years brussel sprouts



...and catching a Curlew amongst the seaweed.


pockets full of stones and shells.





Hope you liked day one...

HAPPY HUNTING

AMANDA XXX














28 comments:

  1. Your shots with your new camera are amazing. You have really picked up all the detail of the birds, to the point I felt I could stroke their feathers! Beadnell looks and sounds to be a place I would like to visit and I just love Northumberland. Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos. Chel x

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    1. Thanks Chel, really happy with some of the photos, it's such a great place to stay, very peaceful.
      Amanda xx

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  2. Looks fab - I can smell the sea air from here. I love the image of the eider - they have quite strange looking faces don't they, beautifully ancient somehow, and maybe a bit sad.

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    1. Thanks Jennifer, some more images of the Eider duck to come, there were good numbers all round the bay.You are right they do look a bit prehistoric with their thick beak.
      Amanda xx

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  3. Loved day one! and looking forward to day two. Congratulations on the new camera -- looks like you're really enjoying it.

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    1. Thanks Hollis, so pleased with the images from new camera, so glad I kept it, tried taking it back when I first bought it. Day two coming soon.
      Amanda xx

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  4. It looks like a very lovely place for a break! xx

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    1. Thanks Amy, great place to have time alone, peace and quiet. Even when it gets busy the beaches are so long you can still find a space to sit with out been bothered to much. Love it..
      Amanda xx

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  5. Beautiful photos :) I love Northumberland, but haven't been to Beadnall.

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    1. Thanks Louise, no shops in Beadnell just a few pubs, so tends to be a little quieter than the other towns around Northumberland.
      Amanda xx

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  6. Lovely pictures again Amanda, showing my home county in a great light! Looking forward to the rest.

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    1. Thanks Stewart, I find it a little odd when someone posts about were you live, it's nice to see it through someone else's eyes. Called at Morpeth on the way home, not been there before, a very nice town to visit.
      Amanda xx

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  7. Great bird and rabbit shots! It looks like a fabulous place to visit. How is the climate? Sounds like it's warm enough this time of year to comfortably walk the beach?

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    1. Thanks PP, the weather was sunny, but still needing a coat as the wind was a bit cold, no paddling in the sea to day !
      There were quite a few rabbits making use of the sand dunes next to the houses, coming out to feed on peoples lawns.
      Amanda xx

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  8. I love harbour towns, and this one seems to have an interesting mix of the very old with the very modern. And some rather obliging birds, unusual view of a redshank!

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    1. Thanks Simon, there is such a mix of houses in this little village, you could spend the day just looking at these. At the moment most of them are empty as they are holiday homes.
      Amanda xx

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  9. You certainly did get some great bird images Amanda.

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    1. Thanks Roy, more birds to come in next post..
      Amanda xx

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  10. A lovely photographic reminder of your time away.
    Jacqui x

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    1. Thanks Jacqui, great reminder of our time here. I don't get photos developed like I use to, but for this little holl I might get a photo book.
      Amanda xx

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  11. Wonderful photos of your time away (day one). They make me want to return to that stretch of the coast this year! I'm looking forward to seeing more of what you captured with your new camera.

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    1. Thanks Linda, we had a wonderful time apart from we were both full of cold, sunshine and endless beaches made up for it..
      Amanda xx

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  12. Oh I do like to be beside the seaside :)
    Beautiful images.....I love ringed plover, what a delightful little bird. Saw them many years ago whilst on holiday, have lloved them ever since.

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  13. Thanks Cheryl, the plover is a cute little bird, easily missed scavenging along the shore line...
    Amanda xx

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  14. Glorious photos Amanda - what a beautiful place to visit for a short break. It looks so quiet and peaceful there. Love the shell and pebble photos and the bird images are great too.

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    1. Thanks RR, I do like the quiet beaches...
      Amanda xx

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  15. What a lovely place to stay. It looks deal for a nice quiet break. Great photos too.

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