I hadn't planned on having a walk around the Leas mound area today on this local outing. But having pulled up in the car to check the gulls etc. on the Leas near here I spotted a couple of local lads with camera's having a leisurely stroll in this area, so thought why not, if nowt else the dog will have had a good run.
Glad I did!...Informed of two Short-eared Owls by G.Sless. and his companion when we met up for a natter here. These 2 birds had been seen earlier inter-acting but both had gone to ground since this view.
And then whilst rattling one of the birds began hunting again, quartering the same areas and landing on the same watch-out points/post as the Owl I seen on my last visit did(Sunday gone).....More than likely the same bird I would say due to this behaviour, and its acquired local area hunting skills knowledge.
Eventually (when Mr Scott and his good lady visited) the 2 birds put up together briefly at distance inter-acting...Fantasic viewing!
The Shields Pier gate was locked again when we tried to have walkies along here earlier today. But Scuzz's magic shone for the first time today whilst enjoying the banter here earlier. In the years of wandering here Ive never seen a Red-throated Diver actually feeding on its capture.
Shag just by the Groyne, not that many around here on this visit.
And this PurpleSandpiper feeding on the rocks here,great posers just love these birds.