Bad light, great sightings | BPW #41

After the walk through the wet reed jungle, we climbed up the spiral stairs of the bird hide and immediately heard the squeaky chirps of baby birds. I spotted the swallows’ nest high up in a corner.

swallow's nest

We sat very still and watched them for a few minutes and then moved to the other side of the bird hide. There we spotted a large gull eating something. We couldn’t quite see what is was feeding on. I took a couple of photos hoping I’d be able to see what it was on the photo. After zooming in I saw it was probably a baby seal. Have a look:

Great Black-backed gull (Larus marinus)
Great Black-backed gull (Larus marinus)

Here’s another photo taken 20 minutes or so later.  As you can see the tide was coming in.

Baby seal
Baby seal

So that was Life and Death in the Kiekkaaste. Great sightings, but not very good light for photography. Still, we had a great day. We also saw Common Sterns, Black Sterns, Yellow Wagtails, a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, a couple of Grebes, Egyptian Geese with little goslings, and a Western Marsh Harrier.

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11 comments

  1. Interesting shots, a pity your pictures do not enlarge, my old eyes no longer distinguis small things too well.

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  2. Cute little swallows. I'm glad you saw a lot of birds. I had a similar experience in Texas, where the gull was feeding on something and the turnstones would sneak in and grab some also – but they were too far off for a good photo.

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  3. Such a contrast – new life and death! Gulls are great scavengers and I guess they are needed to clean up things!

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  4. Squee, baby swallows! Very cute. Gull eating baby seal, not so cute. Thank you for not sharing the zoomed-in version. 😉 .. oh I see there is a way to view the larger images. :not clicking:

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  5. Love the swallows with their gaping mouths. Gulls are indeed scavengers. I have a photo of one covered in blood where it was eating a washed up Risso's Dophin. It was nasty. I didn't click either. Can't stand the thought of it eating a baby seal. Call me a sofite.

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