A walk to Spurn Point - Day 4
With the promise of better weather (at last) we set the alarm for an early start.
The tide was turning when we reached Kilnsea this time, on route to Spurn Point, but the sun was still casting a lovely golden light on the landscape and birds.
We had the hide to ourselves, as everyone else had already moved on. The remaining birds gradually dissipated, allowing me to get some nice flight photographs of Curlew, Shelduck, Pink-Footed Geese, Little Egret, Mute Swan, Redshank, Avocet and others using my Canon 5D mk IV, and 150-600mm Sigma Contemporary lens.
Curlew during the Golden Hour
All too soon the golden light faded, and we resolved to arrive even earlier the next morning!
We left the hide and walked towards Beacon Ponds. We made a detour to the Kilnsea Sound Mirror - a huge concrete dish designed to focus the sound of aircraft engines as they approached during the First World War. This was in the days before radar.
Flock of Curlew over Beacon Ponds
As we walked, more birds deserted the wetlands and flew overhead. Quite a spectacle! The image above shows a lone Avocet in amongst the Curlew. Search for the white bird with black wingtips near the top edge of the flock.
Flock of Redshank
Rounding the far corner, Reed Buntings and Goldfinches covered the bushes. There had been talk of a rare Rustic Bunting on the reserve, but we were not lucky enough to see it.
Soon the ground became too wet underfoot, and we reluctantly turned back. A small group of Whimbrel feeding in the field was a nice find just before we reached the car.
Female Reed Bunting
We returned to the Discovery Center then checked out the sunflower field. The seeds were being devoured by goldfinches, greenfinches and tree sparrows. At one point I heard a rustling beside me, and turning around I glimpsed a Whitethroat in the reeds.
A greenfinch making the most of the sunflower seeds
A Whitethroat in the reeds beside the field gate
We changed direction and attempted to walk down to Spurn Point. The 7 mile walk proved too much for both of us after our early morning wanderings. I made it to the refuge shelter the other side of the breach, while hubby went a little further before turning back. We saw little bird-life apart from gulls, and a few late swallows.
What you will see along Spurn Point are many remains of World War 2 buildings. Due to the erosion of the sand dunes, these structures are gradually falling into the sea. It is still possible to see Pill Boxes, gun emplacements and store rooms, along with tunnels, albeit flooded much of the time.
World War 2 remains
We ended up shedding layers of clothing as the weather warmed up. A rare treat!
At one point, a tractor carrying furniture overtook us! The only other vehicle that is sometimes seen along the beach is an all-terrain Unimog that operates a Wildlife Safari to the tip of Spurn Point. Sadly, it wasn't running the week we were there.
After our long walk we took a detour up the Big Hedge Footpath, where two little Stonechats were busy feeding. They rested on the fence posts, posing nicely for photographs. Other photographers were still mumbling about the Rustic Bunting, but if truth was told I wouldn't have recognized one from a Reed Bunting. I don't think we saw it.
Some further sightings of roe deer finished the day off nicely. Later, I drew a picture based on one of these photographs.
Roe deer buck (male)
Roe Deer buck side view
Roe Deer pencil drawing by Carol Leather
Roe Deer doe (female)
The light was dropping by this time. So the deer photos are rather grainy, but I still wanted to share them with you.