Successful journeys for us all saw us spend a pleasant evening chatting over a drink or two and planning our first day. From our base at Warkworth there are several wildlife reserves within easy distance plus miles of beautiful coast with dunes and sandy beaches.
An early start on Friday, and why not with a sky like this to greet you!
A short walk by the river Coquet yielded a goldeneye duck and a robin.
Walking back to the car we saw a bashful looking cormorant and then a black headed gull obliged for an in flight shot! The time spent on the flight shots was to pay dividends in a big way the following day.
I cannot recall my first photograph at a reserve ever being of a rat!
A tree sparrow was a more conventional sighting!
This little grebe came briefly close enough though, my first shot of this shy little bird.
Another check on our local sightings list led us to Druridge Country Park the next morning, I soon focused on a treetop robin but in the brief time between that and me pressing the shutter release it appears to have fallen off!
The reeds were interspersed with bushes and shrubs, pretty soon we saw a stonechat.
Early morning on any beach is a special time, with a chill breeze and a blazing sun it was spectacular!
Our collective mood was quickly raised by the sights of the sanderling marching their merry little dance on the sands....