Archive for November, 2021

Waves of panic; Otter mini-Safari 16/11/21

by on Nov.17, 2021, under Druridge Bay

The time of year when we have to start mini-Safaris early afternoon always seems to creep up before unexpectedly arriving.

I met up with James, Michael and Colin ahead of an afternoon around Druridge Bay searching for otters and our first site had played host to four of them earlier in the day! Regular ripples of panic spread through the wigeon out on the water and that turned into terror as a juvenile marsh harrier made it’s way up and down both sides of the water. A little egret flew over a wader roost that was mainly common redshank, with a sprinkling of turnstones and a couple of common snipe. Our second site for the afternoon had at least two marsh harriers, including the same juvenile we’d seen earlier, and as pink-footed geese yapped overhead, water rails squealed, a Cetti’s warbler belted out it’s song and starlings blew past like leaves on the wind, the flocks of coot, mallard, wigeon, shoveler and gadwall kept nervously moving away from one reedbed as roe deer grazed near the water’s edge and dusk took hold of the little remaining daylight.

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Bespoke seascape photography 15/11/21

by on Nov.17, 2021, under Photography

Monday was a 1-2-1 seascape photography workshop for Louisa and we started with exposure time, aperture and ISO (if you’ve never used a mirrorless camera, it makes it so much easier to see the effect of changing settings before actually taking a photo). With a tide falling from high, new compositions were presenting themselves right up to the point where it was cold and getting dark and with exposure and composition sorted, Louisa concentrated on judging which waves were going to break obligingly over the foreground rocks πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to our follow-up Zoom call/editing session to look at Louisa’s favourite images from the workshop.

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Autumn colours workshop 14/11/21

by on Nov.17, 2021, under Photography

Sunday was Sandra’s Autumn Colours photography workshop, which had been delayed for several reasons since 2019! We concentrated on exposure time, aperture and ISO settings as well as looking at composition, exploring how the angle of light can make a drastic change to the scene that’s in front of the camera and playing around with ICM (intentional camera movement) πŸ™‚

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NEWT’s 2020 (pelagic) vision

by on Nov.17, 2021, under North Sea

It was another busy summer out on the North Sea, searching for whales, dolphins, porpoises and other marine wildlife. It was an incredibly successful season too, with a substantial majority of our sailings encountering cetaceans πŸ™‚ Here’s a selection of images from early July to late September…

We’ve arranged most of our sailings for 2022, and we’ll be making online booking available from early next week

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Catching up

by on Nov.17, 2021, under Druridge Bay

It’s been an incredibly busy summer and autumn for NEWT. After a long challenging time for small businesses since March 2020 we suddenly found ourselves under a deluge of work. Martin’s been leading wildlife and photography holidays for two other companies as well as guiding our safari trips and pelagics and leading events at the award-winning Battlesteads Observatory.

Our safari trips over the last few months have concentrated on the Druridge Bay area, with marsh harrier, little egret, roe deer and a selection of waders and wildfowl all featuring regularly, alongside an ever-increasing starling murmuration, hunted incessantly by sparrowhawks, occasional appearances by barn owls and, in the last month, yapping skeins of pink-footed geese speckling the sky as dusk approaches. Family mini-Safaris focused on the smaller creatures, with spiders. dragonflies and banded snails all watched with fascination by the younger participants on our tours, and we’re adding rockpooling activities as an option to next year’s family bookings.

We’ll be posting a gallery of images from our 2020 pelagic season shortly, as well as posts about our three tours/workshops already this week!

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