I went there today not to play or even watch golf. I went to look at the sea or rather to look at the birds on the sea. This meant walking across the golf course to get to the top of the dunes. It meant dicing with the risk of serious injury as golf ball fly around. I found it very difficult trying to work out which direction they would come from. Fortunately golfers are, unlike participants in other sports polite and courteous so on several occasions I was warned that there may be a ball whizzing towards me.
Having got across the course I then had to tackle the dunes. There is a sort of path at the top of the dunes on the landward side there is a steep slope down to the golf course. On the seaward side a vertical drop to the beach. Every so often the path goes down into a ravine and up the other side. Not easy when you are carrying a camera, binoculars and a telescope with tripod.
I went through all these hardships to find Scoters. These are sea ducks that come to this part of the coast at this time of year to moult. The most common is of course the Common Scoter. There are thousands of them and they were a long way off shore.
|A Raft of Common Scoters|
|Scoters on the move|
I did manage to locate two Velvet Scoters.
There was another bonus. I also found the King Eider. Known locally as Elvis, 'The King' get it? He has been visiting the area for quite a few years. He hangs about with Eiders and in the past has usually been found on the Ythan estuary a few miles up the coast. For the last week or so he has been seen on this stretch of the coast.
|Four Eiders and at the rear One King Eider|
|Scoters in the distance and Eiders in the Foreground.|
|Red Throated Diver|
Total on list 195