Sunday, June 24, 2012


Had a chill out around Castle Howard with Jack and his brother Tom pretty quite afternoon until the drive back got an injection of adrenaline!

Driving back along the road from Castle Howard Jack Ashton-Booth picked out a GANNET flying low over the A64 just by the Highway Man Cafe.

We managed to pull over and scope the bird where I somehow controlled the shakes from the adrenaline pumping and managed to get a quick bit of video before getting back in the car to try and chase the bird as it was flying south west along the A64 

Thinking that going 60mph along the A64 we would overtake it, we then picked it up again as we got to the next roundabout flying over the car once again, now heading slightly more west and heading towards HES EAST!!! 

Driving round the roundabout we continued to watch it as it rapidly approached Hes

Driving round to the top car park at Hes we picked it up over the building site seemingly dropping in height so we were hopeful that it would drop onto the water  

Sprinting out of the car we lost it behind the buildings sprinting the right round the buildings and down onto to lake side and still couldn't pick it up either on the water or in the sky and the bird must have carried on shearing south west, next stop fairburn? 

We aged the bird as a 3cy due to the largely adult appearance apart from plenty of black in the flight feathers

Proper awesome moment! Big thanks to Jack and Tom Ashton-Booth for finding and keeping on such an awesome bird 

can you tell what it is?

 Video viewable here


  1. Awesome patch tick.Not sure I would have liked to have been a passenger in the car though

  2. Surprisingly managed to avoid any dangerous driving!