You have no idea how excited I was to finally catch the bird above on camera. Seriously. Not that you can really tell as it had the sun behind him, but he is a Fulmar! :O He's been visiting a certain part of my town, usually early in the mornings when I'm walking to work, every now and again for the past 6 months to a year I'd say. Most people would think he's just a Common Gull (Seagull to most people) in passing but he was the most beautiful and striking bird to me as soon as I first saw him.
Fulmars are actually not gulls but seabirds related to the Albatros. What surprised me to see him was that they are never usually this close to town... They feed out at sea and breed on distant cliffs of the Scottish coastline. In Berwick, we are on the North East coast of Northumberland and right on the border to Scotland so it's not too strange to see him, though I always get concerned to see any birds in places that they shouldn't be - for example, this close to town. Just look what has happened to 'Seagulls' with people feeding them and their intelligence leading to foraging in bins etc rather than being out at sea.
Anyways, that's probably enough waffling about a bird most of you will not give a hoot about. If you did read that I commend you and I hope you enjoy some more photos along my walk-to-work route of other birds & beautiful sights.
Another little guy who is in a place he shouldn't be is the black and white duck with the red face. He's a Muscovy Duck, a breed that is native to Mexico, South and Central America but which isn't really present in the wild over here nor do they migrate. After a little research that leads me to believe that he is either, unfortunately, a dumped pet/prize bird or an escapee from a farm. Muscovys are sadly used for meat and even more disgustingly, foie gras :( This guy is true to his breed with his friendliness and I've become pretty attached to him since his random appearance so I make a point to talk to him every day.
Other birds featured above in appearance order are -
Male House Sparrow
Male Mallard flying
Close-up of the male Muscovy
Close-up of a male Mallard
The birds above in featured order are -
Close up of a Common Gull
The birds I've included in this post aren't the only species we are lucky enough to get, of course, though these are the ones I managed to get semi-good photos of over two days and they were just quick little under 30minute sessions. Other fab birds we get include - Grey Heron, Golden Eye duck, Sandpiper, Curlew, Dunlin, Little Egret, Cormorant, Eider, Gannet, Oyster Catcher and sooo many other beautiful creatures.
I am still working on catching the otter family on camera closer up and the second to last photo shows near where they are living. This was taken at 300mm zoom so I stayed my distance in case they were nearby, just FYI ;)
If you enjoyed this post, you are my type of person haha. Let me know which bird above you like the most and what is your favorite bird that is not pictured!
As a quick edit, I wanted to include a few more photos I'd taken recently. Including the above shot of, yes, the Fulmar!! I hope you can see it a bit better than in the first image and can therefore see it's many differences with gulls. They are so beautiful and on this particular morning there were two! I couldn't believe it and was so excited. Very lucky to witness such stunning creatures.
Also above are:
A juvenile male Mallard
Two Grey Heron
The Muscovy Duck sleeping in the sun with all the male Mallards
A visiting, beautiful, Black Swan
My famous Fulmar
This really is the end of the post this time haha.