Saturday, 4 January 2014

Brixham Boat Trip

Spent a day birding around Torbay with good mates Sam and Pete who were visiting for a couple of days. The obvious birding location was Brixham Harbour which has produced some fantastic birding in recent days! Highlight of the day was certainly a short boat trip around the outer harbour with our skipper Ben, where we had some great views of some quality species (see photos below) in betweeen rather painful hail stone showers!
A trip to nearby Broadsands also produced a couple of Black-necked Grebes, 1 RT Diver and numerous GN Divers as well as Razorbill and Guillemot, Great-crested Grebe and Cirl Bunting.
Finally, a visit to the Teign Estuary failed to produce the hoped for Glaucous Gull, but a leucistic Herring Gull was of interest.
A great day with two great great mates!

White-billed Diver

White-billed Diver

White-billed Diver showing distinctive head markings

Red-necked Grebe

One of two Black Guillemots

Grey Seal

Sam celebrating as we climbed out of the harbour after our mini pelagic!

Our skipper Ben, plus Pete and Sam

White-billed Diver

1st year Iceland Gull


  1. Magic photos Chris - particularly like the second WBD shot and the red-necked grebe - absolutely fantastic!

  2. Are you sure these are your photos? I mean, they're pin sharp 'n everthing!

  3. Cheers Matt - Brixham certainly is the place to be at the moment! Hopefully our patches will come up trumps soon!

  4. Lee - Don't worry Lee I guess it must have been a fluke - or your dodgy eyesight!
    Maybe I'll hang onto that lens a bit longer!