Sunday, 23 February 2014

Interesting Weekend

Interesting Weekend
Wykeham, The Wolds and The Marine Drive

An  interesting weekend was had, considering my chest infection problems reoccurring and not having a great deal of energy.

It was intended that I only go out to Wykeham Lakes to try and see the Black Throated Diver (success), but on returning and feeling not too bad, me and Adele decided to have a ride out over the Wolds to visit the Robert Fuller Gallery at Thixendale and have a little lunch out.

On the way to the Gallery, our first visit, good views of, Hares Rabbits, Common Buzzards, Kestrels and Red Kites were on offer and the visit to the Gallery was excellent.

With Robert not painting we were allowed into his studio, which gave a great insight into the way he works with superb photography of wildlife prior to him painting the same.

After a cracking lunch at The Old Gait, Millington, a proper old fashioned village pub, we headed to spot red kites, near Warter, which proved poor, due to the light but did get good but distant views of Green Woodpeckers.

Sunday morning was much brighter than forecast, so an early morning visit (before resting) to try and spot the previous days Slovenian Grebe bore a fruitless trip to the sea wall in front of the Spa, but on returning home around the Marine Drive and stopping to see a Harbour Porpoise within the North Bay where the sea was calm, a 5 minute sea watch showed, 1 fish Cormorant, 2 Red Throated Divers, 5 Guillemots, a number of Black Headed Gulls and the strange location of 3-4 Purple Sandpipers on the rock armour opposite the Albert Road turning, which proved an excellent opportunity for photographs.

All in all a good weekend considering how s--t I feel!!!

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