Last year when I tried for a big year list I did plenty of twitching. I considered going down to Cornwall for the White-billed Diver, but decided it was a bit too far. This year I've done no twitching, but when I noticed on Devon Bird Sightings that there was a White-billed Diver in Brixham, I thought it would be rude not to indulge in a last minute 2013 twitch. I collected Libby at 7:30am & we headed for Brixham Harbour, parking in the car park near the Astro Zenica building. Another couple of birders had just arrived & headed off towards the harbour, so we followed along. We walked to the entrance to the inner harbour where we found a line of about 8 birders with scopes. Within about a minute, the White-billed Diver popped up. How easy was that?! It gradually got closer & entered the inner harbour, giving us amazing views.
|The WBD was very obliging & came right into the inner harbour|
|It was a bit showery, but luckily there was no wind & the water was flat.|
|Met a chap using an Questar scope which cost him £2500 30 years ago! You could see why, the image quality was excellent.|
|An impressive rainbow made up for the rain.|
|We moved to the other side of the harbour for even better views|
|I tried out my new 'point & shoot' Lumix TZ40 ....|
|...and was quite impressed|
|What a bill!!|
|Well worth the trip!|
We walked out onto the breakwater & got a real bonus for the day with a Black-guillemot. I only saw my first ever this Summer on Shetland, so this was my first English sighting. It wasn't as obliging as the WBD, but I still managed a record shot.
|A distant Black Guillemot|
|The WBD had moved to the outer harbour to the left & the Black Guillemot was to the right.|
|Brixham from the Breakwater|
On the way home we stopped off at Broadsands to see the Cirl Buntings. We met some birders from Wakefield who'd left home at 3:30am, been to Portland for the Brunnich's Guillemot, Brixham for the WBD & had dropped in for the Cirl Buntings on their way home! They were very tired but happy birders!
We saw the Cirls, what we think was probably a Siberian Chiffchaff, and a distant Black-necked Grebe in the bay.
|Cirl Bunting hunting|