Yesterday morning I braved the wind (the forecast was for 30mph+) & headed off to Orcombe Point in the hope that some passing sea birds would be blown nice & close to the shore. Luckily it was dry, but despite finding a bit of shelter behind some bushes just West of the Point, I was still getting buffeted about. It seemed to keep changing direction as well, coming head on & then from behind, which made for a sore eye as I kept bashing it on the scope eye piece! It was quite impressive watching the waves crashing on the sea wall across the estuary at Dawlish
I didn't stay too long before I gave up and headed along the cliffs to meet Simon who was walking out via Sandy Bay holiday camp. The waves were crashing so far up the cliffs at Straight Point that it must have washed some of the Kittiwake nests away.
|Straight Point being battered by waves|
|The Wheatear & Whinchat field|
|The Budleigh shelter.....|
|& the view from inside|
|The River Otter....lots of water|
|The River Otter fighting the waves|
|Anyone for cricket (don't forget your wellies)|
One of the scrapes further up the estuary had 18 Bar-tailed Godwits, most of which were in full summer plumage & looking fabulous. A Kingfisher caught dinner quite near to the path & Sedge and Cetti's Warblers were singing in the reeds. This amazing huge Oil Beetle was also burrowing on the path.
I walked as far as the White Bridge where the water was the highest I've ever seen it. I guess all that rain has to go somewhere!
|Lots of water heading downstream|
|Looking South from the White Bridge|
It had been an interesting day's birding, even if I did only add Whinchat to the Year List. I added Swift the day before as well as 2 flew over the van whilst we were driving up Maer Lane having just walked Vera.
That puts the Year List on 176 + 2