None of this squally weather and dismal skies has helped my post Spain trip state of near hibernation of course and work has been nr impossible out on the reserves I cover so a planned trip out with a couple of friends of mine was very welcome. So I met up with a couple of top guys and fellow nature nuts Mikey and Robin, and despite the predictably dodgy weather forecast, we were after spotting the elusive Goshawk. We had a cracking good day ... saw the Gos (well 2 of us did ... never mind Rob, come again in Spring!), had a few other good birds but most of all it was just good fun, easy going, like minded, blokey type fun.
Now at this point I'd like to be basking in dubious glory over you drooling over a fab Goshawk pic like this one perhaps
This bird is steeped in folklore - North American Indians called it the 'Grey Ghost' and of the few 'non falconry' clips of this highly evolved predator go here's a couple of the best
Rabbit v Goshawk - slightly gruesome but hey that's nature
Aerial skills of the big Gos! - a Chris Packham special, minus Michaeala Strachan (big shame)
In a sense that was 'mission accomplished', yes we'd have liked another view of the Goshawk or the other target bird Crossbill, but we decided to cut our losses and head over to Scarborough to see the long staying juvenile Great Northern Diver in the harbour there. Pity the bird was half asleep and way off from the harbour but here's a decent enough record pic
|Great Northern Diver, Scarborough.|
Just as well Rob was on hand to take some close ups ... even if the subjects were most definitely not beautiful birds!
|Clocking the Great Northern Diver in Scarborough|
|Who knows what we were laughing at, maybe it was the surfer?|
|Scarborough Surf ....is he mad?!|
..... have to say that's a nice beard Rob .... living where you do though, best shave it off before spring in case a Meadow Pipit decides to snuggle in and nest in it!
|Turnstone, Scarborough harbour|