After a long, windblasted walk out to the island we stopped at the obs to pick up a key, before making our way down to the seawatching hide at the north end of the island. Once inside the rather spooky structure nestled on top of the old lifeboat station, we settled in and made ourselves comfortable for the day ahead. The first few hours were predictably slow as the tide was way out although a couple of tern flocks on the exposed mud provided some intrigue. As the tide slowly made its way in we started to pick up the odd distant Arctic Skua harrying the terns out by the windfarms. Incredibly on this windy, overcast day there was a considerable heat haze which hampered our efforts to achieve even reasonable views.
|The view from the hide|
|Fulmar (trust me it was exciting) (c) Austin Morley|
|Pale phase Arctic Skua (c) Austin Morley|
|The view from Hilbre|