After only ever seeing one Little Auk very briefly last year and at a fair distant what a great sight it was to see a number all in one day, with the first landing on the rock armour on the Marine Drive, the next 2 off the outer harbour wall and then 1 or 2 in the harbour its self, brilliant!!! (though I missed out on 7 all at once and a Black Throated Diver, as I left as usual a few minutes to early!!! but was drenched by a hail storm, see the picture of the Little Auk in the hail storm!!!)
Little Auk in a bad hail storm, I was stood on the end of the harbour with a few grand of camera gear in hand, is not a great idea!!!
A little bit of fun was when one of the Little Auks came to close for the 'big lens boys' to photograph , they could have picked it out of the water with their hands. Sometimes we just have to sit, look and admire the wildlife, you never know what its going to do!!!
Wonderful day out on Sunday with Adele to Staithes, which is a lovely picturesque old fishing port set at the side of the North York Moors (where the moors meets the sea).
A good couple of hours was spent rock pooling as the tide was out and watching Juvenile Gannets trying to fish, along with a few Guillemots, the odd Fulmar, a number of Cormorants and a group of very confiding Turnstones feasting on the waters edge presumably after their long journey from the far north of the planet.
Around the harbour there were a number of various coloured lobster sculptures, to which purpose they were there, we did not find out, all the same they were grand structures.
One upsetting tale we heard from a local in the pub, when we got nattering to him, was that all the shops,other than tourist tat shops and cafes in the bottom of the village were to close as there were no locals left due to nearly all the houses being holiday rents. This a really sad tale of these types of local communities being split up, we really, as a nation, ought not let our traditions and local crafts and trades disappear.
Cracking lunch at the 'Cod and Lobster' right on the harbour side with a window seat to enable us watch a few of the remaining cobbles and fishing boats come and go with sadly small catches.