Spurning in Hull


I was supposed to be doing this last week when the sun was high and the wind was low. Unfortunately all I managed was a few dodgy fox pics in the hotel gardens at dusk. Fortunately I had to come back up to Hull again. This time I was determined to get something worthwhile. I made a day of it and ended up at Spurn Point or head or what ever you want to call it at about one thirty. Perfect considering its about three hundred miles from Glastonbury. Still I was here and raring to............ FOUR QUID!!! Four pounds for parking no less. You must be joking. There isn't even a car park just some spaces if your lucky. I thought about it and decided to stump up. I searched high and low but there was no one around at all. It was all shut up. Well the sign said if there's no one at the gate they will collect later. Fair enough. I kitted up and tromped off down the road. So as in keeping with adventures up north it was very grey, very wet and not particularly warm. I forgot my walking boots so my, as us over forty's say, pumps would have to do. Tread carefully I thought, It's all I have for the hotel later.

It couldn't have been any worse for photography but I soldiered on. Having said all that I actually like this sort of weather. The bleak has a beauty. There is different light and colours and hues. It's all good. I enjoyed the moment nonetheless.

Curlew on the sands

This Tern had a mouthful!

Erm shouldn't you be at Shapwick?

Dunlin and Ringed Plover

Now I'm not 100% sure but I'm going for Juvenile Common Tern. If it's not then its an Arctic Tern but I doubt it.

Dunlin having a hop across the sands

Aren't Ringed Plovers just the cutest.

and a Juvenile Black Headed Gull. A particular favourite of mine.

Black Tailed Godwits

And that was pretty much it. I thought I would pop on my latest favourite lens. A Takumar 17mm f4 Fisheye. Well you're not complete without a fisheye are you. Interestingly it doesn't give a really bad fisheye effect. This is because it's on my 70D with a crop sensor which effectively cuts off the outer edges. When I put this on my film camera it did give the full 180deg effect. I'm really pleased with this reduced effect though. A full fisheye would get a bit annoying after a while. This gives a nice wide angle effect with just a hint of curve. Its staying in the bag and the 28mm can go in the cupboard for a bit.

Here's the results. Little or no cropping.

Due to time restrictions I only walked part of the way. I remember years ago coming here and being able to drive all the way out but since the road got swept away in 2013 its walking only. Quit an odd sight seeing the road disappear suddenly

PEBBLES!! LOTS OF PEBBLES!! and every one could tell a story.

An obeliskish thing

I seem to remember reading somewhere but I'm not sure (Googling it would spoil the enigma) that the road was built by either US soldiers or prisoners of war. Either way I'm guessing that these were probably the barracks. 


The Godwits

Another Curlew

Up on the dune at the back of the car park there's a small wide for sea watching. I didn't bother going in. I prefer the outsides. All day around there there were a few Swallows flying very low and incredibly slow. I resisted wasting a thousand shots trying to get them. They were back flying around the hide. I crouched down and tried a few snaps.

Rather wet Swallow amongst the flowers

That was the Tuesday, on the way home I managed to pop into Far Ing reserve which runs along the Humber by the bridge. I didn't stay long but I managed a few.

Cormorant and Grey Heron

Walking along the river bank I was wondering if there were in fact any bitterns around here after seeing nice big pictures of them all over the advertising for this place. I had my answer.

The final shot of the day before the five hour drive home.

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