Monday, 3 March 2014

Maryport, A coastal visit

while still in bed this morning, I could see the sun beckoning through the curtains. However it took me some time to get myself organised, the usual early morning ablutions, breakfast, feed the Dogs, and finally we are out in the sunshine.  Aah but one more Job before we can hit the road, defrost the car. Yes it was one of those rare mornings of this winter when there had been a frost, and all windows needed to be cleared.
     Finally we have bins on the flood/flash, did I say we, that should have been "I" as the Westies have not yet found the money to buy their own bins,  only joking. There was quite a bit of activity this morning, with 3 variety of Gulls, Black-headed, Herring and Common on show ,plus the two Oystercatchers that have been with us for a few weeks now, and lastly 4 Lapwing.
     After walking the dogs I decided to make my way over to Maryport, to see what was on offer there, plus 2mins from there and I can be with my old workmate Keith, as He has now started a new carving business on his own.  follow the link to see some of his work.---- http://www.cumbriancarvings.com/  and if you see anything you fancy give him a call.
     So first stop Maryport beach, not a great deal about but I enjoyed what I found, hope you do.

 
Apart from a few gulls this was the best on offer, a small mixed flock of Oystercatchers and Turnstones, like myself, enjoying the sun.

The tide was coming in at a good speed , so the birds where being push further up the beach with each wave.



There's always one that's got to be different.

I like the foam in this one.



I like this, the droplets look as though they are suspended.

and in passing,

People fishing from Maryport pier, and cars are allow right to the end.
Thank you for looking in, hope you enjoy,Gordon.  Linking to Stewarts Wild Bird Wednesday.     http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.co.uk/

26 comments:

  1. just beautiful shorebirds. love those fancy oystercatchers. we had ice pellets and thundersnow yesterday in texas, too. guess winter's not finished with us yet.

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  2. Now, if Siloth is not the coldest place on Earth, Maryport may be!! Nice pictures.

    If I recall there is a rusted iron statue of a group of fishermen down by the harbour - I always rather liked it!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Scottsdale, AZ (and Melbourne!)

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    1. Still there Stewart, Colin Telfer did the sculpture.
      Thanks for the comment, Gordon.

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  3. What beautiful pictures. Such a delight to go along on your morning visit. I'm off to visit your friend's link.

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  4. The Oyster Catchers always intrigue me with their bright orange bills and red eyes.

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  5. What a beautiful series Gordon:-)

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  6. Beautiful photos from the beach. I love the oystercatchers and the waves. Take care!

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  7. I haven't seen Turnstones before....but I love their orange legs. Very nice pictures and what a great way to wake up in the morning!

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  8. Pretty shots of the Oystercatchers and the Turnstones!

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  9. great area for birding. :) Love the images of the Oystercatchers

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  10. Really beautiful shots of the oyster catchers with those bright orange beaks and the turnstones with their orange legs. Love how the water is splashing in the background on that oystercatcher. Marvelous!

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  11. Great shore shots! I like the bright bits of orange of feet and beaks!

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  12. Had to laugh at that one contrarian deliberately turning the wrong way! And I love oystercatchers. We see them on the Oregon coast.

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  13. HI Gordon Well that was worth getting out of bed for. Loved seeing the sea rushing in and the birds having to move further up the beach. I have never got a good shot of the Oystercatchers but your are brilliant. Must do better.

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  14. Those oyks are looking in good nick with their carroty bills Gordon. The pier looks a good spot to do some sea watching if the weather is bad? No more frost from now - I hope.

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  15. Oystercatchers are quite the handsome bird with their beautiful colors. That one little guy was just giving you what he thought was his 'better side'. :)
    Driving on the pier? Hmmm... I guess you have to back off and how to get by if someone is behind you. Sounds dangerous.

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  16. I am glad the sun beckoned you out in the morning. Quite a bit going on. Nice shots. MB

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  17. Great series glad you got out into the sunshine well worth it.

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  18. Thank so much for the wonderful shots of your country's sea shore! Foe me, I love learning about birds through blogging. I think the Oystercatchers and the Turnstones are first for me to see♡♡♡
    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  19. Hi Gordon, your captures are awesome as always. I love the being by the sea.

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  20. Oystercatchers sure are flashy dressers!

    I love to take photos of all but one bird facing in the same direction.

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  21. Some nice shots.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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  22. Hi Gordon~those Oystercatchers sure are beautiful!!! I've been hoping for a trip to west coast of Florida to find one:) Great captures of the turnstones, too! The foam makes a lovely background!

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  23. Love the Oystercatchers. I still haven't seen any. I'll keep looking.

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