Another low tide count on Harlech beach today. Conditions looked promising with calm seas and no wind. Ironically, visibility was poor due to heat disortion ( at -4!) Most scoter were shimmering black blobs in the distance. Apart from these
So no Velvets, never mind a Surf.
Fortunately some birds were more considerate and were closer in (if mostly submarine)
A couple of nice adult little gulls were patroling the beach splashing into the water occasionally after prey. Sadly, far too quick for an old-school digiscoper ; )
A couple of Black-necked Grebes were very welcome - not as regular here as in the past. I was a bit baffled after looking through my pictures back home. What do you think? Are ther 2 or 3 birds?
Reckon only two, but remarkable how summer-plumaged the male(?) looked the further away it gotBack on dry sand numbers were down for all waders apart from Knot which were up to 505 : )
[Another 504 knot are available]
At the northen most point of the beach a young Great Northern Diver floated downstream in the channel between Black Rocks and Halech beaches catching crabs.
Driving home from Harlech a red kite drifted south towards my old school - a sight that would have had me falling off my seat a few short years ago ; )