Yesterday (Monday) Anita expressed a desire to take a walk at the coast so with a blue sky we drove southwards to West Wittering and took a leisurely stroll from East Head towards Ella Nore. With a very strong wind there was the constant noise from the rigging on the boats twanging against the empty masts. The tide was rushing in but we did manage to spot a few species; Little Egrets, Grey Plover, Oystercatcher, Curlew and Dunlin before they headed further up the harbour. We also counted 200 Brent Geese on the water plus 4 Red-breasted Mergansers.
At a number of places there were good numbers of Red Admirals flitting around.
A chance sweep overhead with the bins and we spotted an Osprey (first sighting this year) heading away from us so just a fleeting opportunity to bang off a distant shot. (Original cropped).
This Herring Gull had clearly marked its domain!
On our return to the car we we fortunate to get another chance to watch the Osprey again. It flew in high with the sun behind it and in the blustery conditions I struggled to maintain a decent focus but I'm happy to have got a few record shots.
As it dived lower it was mobbed by Crows and Lapwings but still managed to grab a meal and once again disappear way over the other side of the harbour. Unfortunately my view of the capture was blocked by shrubbery so I didn't witness the event! FAB.