With eye-popping pictures appearing all over the internet of various Divers loitering in Eastbourne Harbour it felt like a good idea to head there this morning, the weather forecast was ok, rain clearing about 8 o'clock then sunny. To be honest I wasn't confident I've lost count of the times that birds have been showing well all week when I'm at work before buggering off as soon as I open the car door!!!😲😢
I arrived at 7.45, it was raining, the car park machine wouldn't play ball so I had to relocate to a different car park, things however improved, the weather cleared up as predicted and I made it to the harbour in good time, even had a Diver flyby over the sea on the walk in!! Not much small stuff on the beach or rocks couple of Pied Wagtails the best of it. With a couple of Great Crested Grebes on the Sea.
|Great Crested Grebe|
I passed the Martello and scanned the Harbour, there was a distant blob that through the bins looked a lot like a Great Northern Diver and then a bird popped up to the surface right in front of me!! Red-throated Diver!! result!!😃 Was still gloomy so a pics a bit grainy but you can tell what it is!!
|Look at this baby!!|
|Obviously not impressed|
There were another couple of birders present, they informed me that the Black-throated Diver was also in the Inner Harbour, much thanks, a quick scan and picked it up on the other side of the marina!! So at this point I made the decision to walk around to the other end, I made it in the full knowledge that by the time I got there the bird would almost certainly have moved to the exact place I was now!! It did!! Although at this point I did find another Guillemot!!
|BT with it's mates!|
|Cormorants a few about but largely ignored in the Diver frenzy|
|My next Boat|
|Great Crested Grebes|
|In position to rescue me if I ever get my hands on the boats above|
|Eastbourne in better light!|
|Proper Red-throated Divers on the rough sea!!!|