Midnight Friday morning, saw myself, Richard Webb and Marcus Lawson head on the long journey North in the hope that this dream bird would stick overnight. We arrived predawn and already people were heading to where the bird had been seen the day previously. Once dawn broke, it wasn't long before we knew that our quarry was still present. Despite a stressful start, when people behaved like wankers, organisation then ensued and it became a much more enjoyable event. We went back for seconds when the crowd had died down and were able to enjoy it at our leisure.
The bird was extremely confiding, showing down to a few yards. The light wasn't great for photography, but then you don't care about that to much when watching a stunning bird.
Now for some pics.
|Same size as Dunnock, but body noticeably more slender.|
|A stunning bird and one of the ultimate Sibes.|
|This low to the ground gait was quite typical and was unlike that of Dunnock and actually reminded me at times of Lapland or Snow Bunting.|
This Shore Lark was a bonus bird for the day, that also included Eurasian White-fronted Geese and Ring Ouzel.
The sheer number of birds in the Spurn peninsula was amazing and couldn't be fully appreciated in our short stay, but I'll definitely be having an Autumn birding holiday here next year and probably every year from now on. It's unquestionably the Fair Isle of the British Mainland.