It was early morning on the return from Amsterdam, and as we cruised
up the British coast line passing places such as Scarborough and
I had spotted the usual birds such as the Gannets, Fulmars, Guillemots
and puffins, when I noticed a bird that looked very similar to the
Guillemot and the puffin.
Managing to catch it in my binoculars I noticed that the flight
pattern was very different to that of the Auk family, it didn’t have a
very rapid wing beat but it had stiff wings and very few wing
beats as it dipped from side to side flying low to the water.
Its flight pattern gave me views of its dark back and white
underside. I was unable to identify the bird there and then, but after
looking up the flight pattern and the colour of the bird I realised it
was a Manx Shearwater.