Turnstones at Brighton Beach

Finally some beautiful winter sunshine. Sure it’s cold, but dry, clear days like today are perfect. And I was lucky enough to be down at Brighton seafront at lunchtime. I wandered down to the east of Brighton Pier.

Brighton Pier

Brighton Pier

It was quiet there and I spotted a small group of turnstones enjoying the sun. They were very relaxed, mainly ignoring the occasional passer-by.

Turnstones at Brighton Beach

Turnstones at Brighton Beach

Turnstones at Brighton Beach

Turnstones at Brighton Beach

Turnstones at Brighton Beach

Turnstones at Brighton Beach

Eventually they made a move and headed off to better feeding grounds along the coast. They were a delight to see, and so unexpected.

Turnstones at Brighton Beach

Turnstones in flight along the coast

The final shot today is the remains of the Brighton Wheel. The visitor capsules have been removed, and presumably the main structure will soon be coming down. A great shame. The wheel was a great populist attraction, quite unlike the corporate monolith going up further along at the West Pier site.

The Brighton Wheel after the viewing buggies had been removed.

The Brighton Wheel after the viewing buggies had been removed.

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF70-300mm 4.5-5.6 DO IS lens.

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4 Comments

  1. Terry Cain January 15, 2016 at 11:46 pm #

    Good spot! Never seen one in Brighton myself. I’d have felt lucky to have spotted them if I did, because they always seem so hard to see against shingle. Is that why you took your shots from low down?

    • Words January 20, 2016 at 8:31 pm #

      Hi Terry, it was a great surprise. I’ve occasionally seen them at Rottingdean and on the Marina wall. It was a quiet day which obviously helped. I wonder if they are on teh West Pier?

      Getting low down (eye level) helps the subject stand out against the background. I always aim to get down to their level if I can.

  2. Darko January 16, 2016 at 3:32 pm #

    What a cute birds. I don’t remember seeing them over here in your blog.

    • Words January 20, 2016 at 8:31 pm #

      Darko, I’ve featured them once or twice over the years, but they are a relatively rare spot for me.