6th November 2016
After a most successful visit to Lodmoor it was time to move on to our next stop at the visitor centre at Ferrybridge on Chesil Beach. The mud flats looked most inviting and were attracting a sprinkling of waders including these Dunlin, which in keeping with all the other birds in Dorset were allowing me to get to within 10 yards. In fact the shots taken when they were asleep were just 6 yards away.
Ringed Plovers were also very common although not quite as approachable. This, however, was more than compensated for because they absolutely shone in the afternoon sun.
Less expected than the Ringed Plovers was a Sky Lark that was feeding amongst the Sea Purslane growing on the shore. The Sky Lark was not too bothered by my presence up to a point, but did stop feeding once or twice to try and assess what I was up to.
But the stars of the show here were the Mediterranean Gulls of which there about 12 amongst the Black-headed Gulls. They were absolutely gleaming in the sun and what was noticeable from the shots that I had taken was that they were all adults. Even more resplendent against a background of dark sea-weed.
Well, what a fantastic first day of our trip, so now off to the hotel for a meal and a few beers before our trip to Portland Bill in the morning.