A short walk on the sunny Suffolk Coast

Tuesday was sunny so my wife and I went for a short walk along the Suffolk Coast at East Lane then down to Bawdsey Quay on the River Deben.

Our first sighting was a Pied Wagtail.

Then a flotilla of Widgeon on the first Lagoon.

I think there are a couple of Gadwall amongst the Widgeon.

Then the first of a few Stonechats, only the female was up for posing but did an excellent job.

Further along another female Stonechat.

We had our lunch on the beach looking out to sea and we thought we'd seen a Cormorant diving but it was our first sea going Humbug Great Crested Grebe.

Later in the afternoon we were on the River Deben near Bawdsey Quay, the sun was low and we saw this Little Egret in the "Golden Hour" for photography.

Then a fly past of Widgeon.

A mixed group of Waders and Ducks, Mallard, Lapwings, Ringed Plovers, Black Headed Gulls plus one or two others.

In the distance a Host of Golden Plovers

Then we saw a Duck on the river that looked a bit different, definitely not a Mallard for once. The "Golden Hour" doesn't work when you're shooting into the sun.

But once I got a bit of an angle we could see that it was a female Eider Duck. I've only seen one in Suffolk before many years ago and in almost the same place.

Shooting into the sun can work right at the end of the day, with the cranes of Felixstowe Dock showing next to the sun

A relatively quiet day out bird wise but an enjoyable one.

Best Wishes,

Trevor

  • Some beautiful photos there, Trevor, but the sunsets are absolutely stunning!

    Our herring gulls are red listed birds.  Think about that the next time you hear some flaming idiot calling for a cull of them.

  • With all that white, eider looks 1st Winter male.
  • In reply to Robbo:

    Thanks for that Robbo,
    Once again tripped up by a juvenile, as far as I know that's the first juvenile Eider Duck I've seen.
    Trevor
  • Great set of photos Trevor, not a part of the country I have ever been but it looks interesting. I'm sure Robbo is correct about aging young Eider I think it lakes 4 years for males to get full adult plumage. We had loads of them on our recent Northumberland, it was good to hear their gentle calling while on the edge of the sea in the evenings, the male do great Frankie Howard impersonations.

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can

  • Cracking shots Trevor for a short walk..sunset ones are fab ;-)

    (Pardon the Scottish Accent)

  • A brilliant set of photos Trevor, and it looked a good day irrespective of the birds being camera shy (how rude of them).

    The waggie and stonechat pics were superb, looking into the camera and the inflight ones.

    Mike

    Flickr Peak Rambler

  • If I go out during the "Golden Hour" will I get such fabulous photos I wonder:-)!!!! What a treat to see your pics Trevor, thanks for posting.

    Lot to learn

  • Lovely photos. Well composed.