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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Soil Hill 1500hrs

                   Sun going down behind the teasels
            Dipsticks on buzzing nugget copters.
 These 3 decided to disrupt the Oxenhope gull roost
                        3 times.
   Gulls start to lift. Photos taken over 1 mile away
                                  Lift off
  up to 6000 gulls in the sky

  This line stretched from Fly Flatts to Long Causeway

                                 Swarms of big and small gulls

              Settled back on the water when the nuggets had gone
                                     Sun going down

    Amazing sight, all Soil Hill lit up.


                  Queensbury village from the hill
                                        Half zoomed in
                    Full zoomed in.
 You can,t beat seeing the sun rise in the morning
then going down again in the evening, magical.
               Taking the weekend and November away.

A last hour visit to Soil Hill with a slight and cool WNW>3.
Still no sign of Snow Bunts in the mild weather and several Meadow Pipits and Skylarks up there looking like over wintering. Good to see 2 Little Grebe on the NK pond skulking under the edges and once again a Heron on the main track. Checked the SEO area and the Snipe reeds but no signs of either.
Big gulls were pouring into the Oxenhope roost and an amazing sight to see the whole roost up in the air.
As I came away at 1600hrs the whole area was glowing in the sunset, some things money can,t buy.

9 Meadow Pipit
3 Skylark
1pr Pheasant
3 Grey Partridge
2 Little Grebe
1 Robin
+ usual corvids and gulls.
BS

5 comments:

Tracy said...

Stunning photo's Brian.

I saw the skydivers (or whatever they are) going over Shibden Valley at dusk. You would pick a better time of day!

Bradshaw Rambler said...

Amazing photos
- the hair dryers came over our house earlier, noisy lot.
The gulls could have made them crash?
John

Brian Sumner . said...

Unfortunately I,d left my ground to air missile launcher at work.

Thanks Tracy, John.

Dave Sutcliffe said...

Some great shots today Bri you got a decent day at last.
Lots of smaller gulls heading straight through Fly Flatts nearly on dark, could just see them silouettes across the water as I passed on the top road. Probably heading Leeming way but they may have veered off the TMR as they did not stay at Fly Flatts.

Brian Sumner . said...

Been told they dont roost at Fly Flatts because of the heavy peat presence in the water ?
Problem with the photos they were all scenes nearly and not birds, always a bad sign.