Sunday, 18 November 2007

Day trip to France

A day trip to France, and the expected rain only arrived after nightfall - the cold wind didn't trouble the Pride of Dover/Calais but certainly inconvenienced us.
Although not a birding trip per se (if it had been, I'd have hunkered down in the hide at Oye Plage and stayed out of the wind) the crossing gave a chance of a bit of seawatching - plenty of Gannets, Kittiwakes and Great Black-Backs, as well as a few parties of large auks.
The Gannets flew alongside the ship, giving easy photo-opportunities if the photographer could only stand still and upright.

The beach at Wissant held plenty of gulls, including a fully-black-headed gull and what appears to be a Yellow-Legged Gull (below), shunned by its neighbours.

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