Sunrise over the Humber Estuary

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Sunrise over the Humber Estuary
Deciding it was time I got myself out of bed early for some landscape photography, I set my alarm for 4.30 am today and after a quick breakfast headed down to the yacht club on the Humberstone Fitties. The sky was already beginning to show signs of light at 5.00 but there was a large bank of cloud to the east. As the sun rose the top cloud edge of the cloud bank glowed with a beautiful soft rose pink light and the sky turned a wonderful eggshell blue. I spent a very pleasant hour with the world to myself taking early morning shots over the estuary at hight tide. Once the sun had risen it was time for a change of equipment and a search for birds. It was immediately noticeable how low the water was in the lagoon behind the yacht club and it held no birds apart from a few black-headed gulls and and some pied wagtails and a couple of redshank feeding on the dried mud. On the tideline was a large flock of black-headed gulls and a good gathering of oystercatchers with the odd curlew whose haunting call could be heard across the marsh. There were sandwich terns fishing just beyond the high water lineas they begin their long migration south. I love to hear their strident calls along the east coast at this time of year, although it is a poignant reminder that summer is drawing to a close. The salt marsh was a haze of purple sea lavender in the early morning light and there were several flocks of linnets, goldfinches and reed buntings feeding on the plentiful supply of food. Many of these birds were juveniles. I was pleased to secure shots of both linnet and reed bunting.