I was on duty at the RSPB Hide on Belfast Harbour Reserve yesterday from 1-5 It was a very bright day but there were alot of birds to be seen. This google image was taken a few years ago as there are now two manmade tern islands in the lagoon.
Black Tailed Godwit
Black Headed Gull
Lesser Black Backed Gull
Greater Black Backed Gull
A phonescoped photo of the Curlew sandpiper
At the end of the shift I went up a crane which Anthony (The Reserve Warden) had hired to count the tern nests on the islands without disturbing them and there was a brilliant view of the reserve. I think the RSPB should build a high rise hide! Earlier in the day some Roseate Terns had been spotted and I didnt see them so we then went to Kinnegar Shore less than a mile away to see if we could see any again sadly not. I then had to race to Sainsburys to get buy an organic chicken for supper when I got a call from Anthony to say that there was a Forsters Tern in front of one of the hides. I raced back to the Reserve at high speed and as I was driving up the adjoining track to the hide I was told it flew off. Anthony and his brother and brothers friend saw it less than 30 yards away and he got a good shot of it. It didnt return. A Forsters tern would be a very rare bird for Northern Ireland in that it would have come from America.Within minutes the birding grapevine was working as more and more birders turned up to be dissapointed. I hope it will be seen again I am going to Dentist in the morning and will stop off beforehand at the reserve. Crossing my fingers.