What phenominal sunshine we have had for the first few weeks of this season, often accompanied by a breezy Nor Easterly. The wind brought up a surprise visitor for the inhabitants of Blakeney Point today with a White Tailed Eagle first recorded over Caister, several hours drive away mid morning, and over Blakeney Point at lunchtime. It’s the UK’s largest bird of prey, a wingspan of up to 2.5m, with around 40 breeding in North West Scotland. According to some very knowledgeable bird watching friends, this female was seen about a month ago following the same flight up the East coast. Quite what our seals thought is unknown, but all the birds on the point shot up into the air.
We are seeing large colonies of both Common and Grey seals on all our trips and often we see the young Grey Seal pups playing in the run around the end of the point and Mike had a couple playing with the rudder yesterday, one of them holding on to it with its teeth as we drifted past a group on the seaward side of Blakeney Point. Mike said he didn’t want to put the engine in gear for fear of disturbing the playing of the seal and she held on for a could minute or so.
We quite often have a few pups playing in our wake in Stanley Cockle’s Bight while we are looking at the Tern colony, along with Black Headed Gulls, Oystercathers, Turnstones and Comorants that we see almost every time that we go out. We watched a tiny Sandeling standing in between two enormous Grey Seal bulls on the beach. We were just describing the clockwork-like way that the bird scuttles along the waters edge as it then decided to stand stock still for the whole time that we were watching. Never work with children or animals……